CAPILLARY ACTION LIQUID OXYGEN CONVERTER FOR WEIGHTLESS ENVIRONMENT
Final rept., 1 May 1961-25 Aug 1962
BENDIX CORP DAVENPORT IA PIONEER-CENTRAL DIV
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A 25-liter, capillary-action liquid-oxygen converter was fabricated to incorporate all the components required to provide a completely operational, self-contained system to supply breath ing oxygen in a weightless environment. The converter design of functional components and the principle of operation combined the forces of surface tension, wetting, and capillary action of liquid oxygen to provide adequate forces to insure satisfactory operation of the system during space environments. These forces will provide for the expulsion of liquid oxygen under standard conditions, during acceleration forces up to and including 14G, and in the weightless condition. The report includes all the test data and results of the complete development program and the physical arrangement required for the capillary action converter system. The testing which could be accomplished in the laboratory gave every evidence that the design concept is satisfactory for weightless operation.
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