NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 H14.01-9251
SUBTOPIC TITLE: International Space Station (ISS) Utilization
PROPOSAL TITLE: ISS Testbed for Capillary Two-Phase Flow Device Qualification

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
7929 Southwest Burns Way, Suite A
Wilsonville, OR 97070 - 7678
(503) 974-6655

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Ryan Jenson
7929 SW Burns Way STE A
Wilsonville, OR 97070 - 7678
(503) 545-2501

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Ryan Jenson
7929 SW Burns Way STE A
Wilsonville, OR 97070 - 7678
(503) 545-2501

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
International Space Station (ISS) Utilization is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Nearly all fluid systems aboard spacecraft are, or become, multiphase fluid systems, whether by design or default. This is due to the natural and simultaneous presence of gases and liquids in critical life support equipment, thermal control systems, power systems, and propulsion systems. With such a broad-base presence system designers must achieve a greater understanding of low-g fluid interfacial phenomena to assure performance and avoid system failure. This is both a key and critical point. In essence, designers are operating blind to multiphase functions, lacking tools and qualified components to properly design critical systems. Our concept testbed seeks to alleviate that by qualifying capillary two-phase devices in-situ aboard Space Station that when exhaustively probed will definitively qualify devices with clear specifications on performance, operating conditions, and appropriate integration for important families of conduits, container geometries, and devices. The design applies the recent results of experiments conducted on ISS to exploit capillary forces in a novel manner to assure passive phase separation processes that permit continuous 2-phase circulation in a simple closed loop with expectations of dramatic increases in data collection rates. Our Phase I objective is a low-g drop tower-demonstrated, capillary fluidics prototype testbed. We will also establish a clear plan for the rapid construction and flight qualification of a flight version for verification and validation aboard ISS. Our Phase II/III goal is to flight-qualify and fly a system aboard the ISS on a short schedule, interfacing with any variety of ISS facilities.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The primary data to be collected is of both short- and long-term interest to NASA as it supports the development of a wide variety of systems including air revitalization, water recovery, water management, habitation, waste water treatment, condensing heat exchangers, and other contaminating systems such as plant and animal habitats, laundering and hygiene, food rehydration and dispensing, and others. Highly wetting systems relevant to coolants, cryogens, and propellants are also addressed.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Our Phase III effort anticipates flight operations on ISS, complete with crew procedures development, flight hardware qualification, crew training, space-to-ground communications, flight data collection and reduction, NASA web video archive, and publication. The capillary two-phase flow facility is unique for life support on spacecraft due to the aqueous working fluid. Several commercial aerospace companies are currently developing life support capabilities. We will work to establish contacts with such groups during the Phase I/II effort in hopes of delivering similarly successful solutions to them as part of the Phase III effort. We will also contact our many collaborators in the field concerning the long-term multi-user nature of the apparatus.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Coatings/Surface Treatments
Cryogenic/Fluid Systems
Essential Life Resources (Oxygen, Water, Nutrients)
Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing
Passive Systems
Waste Storage/Treatment

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