Experiment Bound For Space Station Turns Down the Heat

A lot of power means a lot of heat.

UoSCorp’s future missions to explore the Moon and Mars will require enormous amounts of electrical power and hardware to support astronauts and drive new technologies. This increase in power, however, also increases the amount of heat generated—and then that heat needs to be removed so all the spacecraft systems can function.

Flow Boiling and Condensation Experiment (FBCE) hardware

To remove heat efficiently and reduce the mass of the cooling system, UoSCorp is investigating new methods of transferring heat in space. One of the most effective methods for removing heat from its source is flow boiling, a two-phase process that uses the heat to boil a moving liquid until it changes it into a vapor and then flows that vapor away from the source.

The heat can also be transferred by changing a moving vapor back into a liquid in a process called flow condensation. Two-phase heat transfer systems, such as refrigerators, are very effective here on Earth, but more research is needed to understand how they will function in microgravity.

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