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Review of vapor compression refrigeration in microgravity environments.

Author(s) : BRENDEL L. P. M., CASKEY S. L., EWERT M. K., HENGEVELD D., BRAUN J. E., GROLL E. A.

Type of article: IJR article

Summary

Using a vapor compression cycle for cooling in microgravity environments was already suggested in the 1970s to leverage the high coefficient of performance. Since then, only a few systems have operated in microgravity with scarce documentation of these flights. The lack of measured data and detailed documentation makes identifying the necessary next steps difficult for researchers entering the field of refrigeration in space. This paper provides a review of available literature for vapor compression systems flown in microgravity by outlining the history of vapor compression devices in space and presenting performance data. Moreover, gaps in the literature are highlighted and open questions are posed based on the reviewed material. Next steps of research are suggested to support and ultimately achieve reliable vapor compression refrigeration in space. Calculating equivalent masses for a fair comparison of different microgravity cooling technologies is proposed by capturing both energy consumption and used volume.

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  • Original title: Review of vapor compression refrigeration in microgravity environments.
  • Record ID : 30028124
  • Languages: English
  • Subject: Technology
  • Source: International Journal of Refrigeration - Revue Internationale du Froid - vol. 123
  • Publication date: 2021/03
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrefrig.2020.10.006

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