An Evaluation of Water Recovery from Brine

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dc.contributor.author Nguyen, Cathy
dc.contributor.author Wignarajah, Wiggy
dc.contributor.author Alba, Ric
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-10T13:51:16Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-10T13:51:16Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05-10T13:51:16Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2092/1359
dc.description Advisor: John Fisher, NASA Ames Research Center en_US
dc.description.abstract Saving resources is critical to controlling the costs of manned space exploration. It is important to explore technologies for recovering essential resources, such as water, from waste in space. The current water recovery system used on the International Space Station is capable of recovering 85% of the water from waste liquids (urine and humidity condensate). The wastewater brine generated from this process is typically a 20% solid solution, and it is proposed that brine be further dewatered to recover an additional 95% of its water. This study was aimed at evaluating the characteristics of dewatered brine and its behavior throughout the dewatering process. Vacuum distillation was the chosen method of evaporation. Three trials were run using a 20% sodium and potassium chloride solution, untreated urine, and wastewater brine. The results discovered in this experiment will be considered in evaluating and developing candidate technologies for brine water recovery and processing. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Drake University, Enterprise Advisory Services en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries DUCURS 2010;5
dc.subject Water conservation en_US
dc.subject Water resources development en_US
dc.subject International Space Station--Environmental aspects en_US
dc.subject Space flight--Environmental aspects en_US
dc.subject Salt en_US
dc.title An Evaluation of Water Recovery from Brine en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US


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    Poster sessions and presentation from the Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences held each April at Olmsted Center on the Drake campus.

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