Two-Phase Microgravity Pumped-Loop Experiment (TEMPLE): A Payload for Suborbital Flight Testing

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2024-07-21

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2024 International Conference on Environmnetal Systems

Abstract

NASA's future remote missions will employ advanced instruments and electronics that have stringent spatial and temporal isothermality requirements, in spite of extreme and variable environmental conditions. An advanced thermal control system (TCS) is needed to maintain their operating temperatures within a very tight range to maintain system functions. To meet this need, Creare has been working with JPL to develop two-phase pumped loop technologies, with a goal toward infusion into upcoming science missions. However, a critical uncertainty to retire is the component-level and system-level performance in microgravity. This uncertainty results primarily due to the differences that arise in two-phase (liquid/vapor) flow patterns and two-phase tank distributions when the gravity force is not dominant with the phase separator, evaporator, and accumulator. This paper details the design, assembly, qualification, and ground testing of a small two-phase pumped loop assembly for near-term suborbital flight testing.

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Thomas Conboy, Creare, LLC, USA
Eric Desjardins, Creare, LLC, USA
ICES201: Two-Phase Thermal Control Technology
The 53rd International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, on 21 July 2024 through 25 July 2024.

Keywords

two-phase thermal management, pump, evaporator, condenser, phase separator, microgravity

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