Accession Number:

ADA261978

Title:

Mathematical Modeling and Control Law Development for the Atmospheric Monitoring and Control System of the Controlled Environment Research Chamber (CERC) at NASA Ames Research Center

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

127.0

Abstract:

The objective of this research is to develop a mathematical model and control algorithm for maintenance of the environmental system within the Controlled Environmental Research Chamber CERC located at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, CA. The hypobaric research chamber is currently undergoing renovation as part of the Human Exploration Development Project HEDP, an effort on behalf of NASA for advanced life support research. A broad overview of the chamber is provided which includes a physical description, preliminary system hardware and associated performance, and potential experimental uses. A mathematical model of the chamber air mass is developed based on key energy and mass balances. Two methods of adaptive control have been implemented for the coupled control of temperature, composition, pressure and humidity within the closed environment. Simulations testing the control algorithm performance are conducted, including a sup and modified ramp response. The results of the simulations indicate the adaptive methods performed well for the model presented. Further research is required in refining the chamber model for algorithm optimization including integration of hardware dynamics.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Astronautics
  • Life Support Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE