Proposed protocols for defining requirements and sizing of media-based filters for spacecraft and planetary lander applications



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51st International Conference on Environmental Systems


The air quality control equipment aboard future deep space exploration vehicles provide the vital function of maintaining a clean cabin environment for the crew and the hardware. This becomes a serious challenge in pressurized space compartments since no outside air ventilation is possible, and a larger particulate load is imposed on the filtration system due to lack of sedimentation in low gravity, and can experience short durations of peak dust loading from planetary surfaces for Lunar or Mars landers. The filter industry has established methods to properly size filters for a given particulate load, but requirements for the space or planetary application introduce additional considerations. In this work, a methodology for evaluating and sizing particulate filters for a Lunar surface pressurized environment will be presented, including estimating the loading and particle size distributions of the loading based on mission requirements. In addition, a scaling analysis from single filter media sheet to full-scale filters for this application, based on recent testing, will also be presented. The results of this study may provide meaningful guidance in early design phase for air revitalization systems utilizing media-based particulate filters for deep space exploration missions.


Robert Green, NASA, US
Rajagopal Vijayakumar, AERFIL, US
Juan Agui, NASA, US
Gordon Berger, USRA, US
Matthew Johnson, Jacobs Technology Inc., US
ICES510: Planetary and Spacecraft Dust Properties and Mitigation Technologies
The 51st International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Saint Paul, Minnesota, US, on 10 July 2022 through 14 July 2022.


air revitalization, particulate matter, filters, Lunar dust