Request ID: IAD
Request Title: Innovative Air Drying Via Lightweight Structure Coating
Submitting Organization: NASA Johnson Space Center
For Questions about Request: Send e-mail to Collaborations@TCC-Houston.org
As NASA ventures from Low Earth Orbit into deep space, longevity and air scrubbing concerns for astronauts increase. Lightweight structures have been developed that can support thin films of coatings for increased air drying. The challenge arises in developing and testing surface coating materials with dehumidifying capabilities for various lightweight structures.
TIME FRAME FOR COLLABORATION:
Responses will be reviewed as they’re received and collaborations can begin at any time.
PROGRESS MADE SO FAR:
Limited progress has been made in analyzing film-forming surface coating materials. Previous attempts at developing coated structures proved to be significantly less effective than granular packed beds of pelletized sorbents.
ALREADY TRIED OR CONSIDERED:
Traditional structures similar to lightweight heat exchangers have been coated. The resulting technology can be heated to regeneration temperatures approximately 10 times faster than pelletized sorbents, but the capacity of the coated structures is 100 times less. An order of magnitude improvement is needed in the amount of surface area for a given thermal mass.
TYPES OF COLLABORATIONS BEING SOUGHT:
NASA seeks unique surface coating ideas and capabilities, knowledge sharing opportunities, or potential partnership arrangements (if applicable). This technology may be of interest to other research such as thin film applications as well as office air conditioning and climate control.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS FOR COLLABORATION PARTNERS:
Partners can potentially benefit from NASA’s unique capabilities, technology advancements, and expertise. In addition, new Intellectual Property (IP) may be created through a collaboration that would enable the partner to commercialize the technology for other applications such as office air conditioning and climate control products. In previous projects, the NASA work fully characterizing a research grade material (as part of the flight hardware qualification process) helped mature the technology of the commercial product being developed.
OTHER POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR THIS TECHNOLOGY:
Other potential applications could include using this technology in office air conditioning and climate control products.