Microgravity Phase Separation for the Rankine Cycle Academic Article uri icon


  • Phase separation in reduced gravity continues to be an obstacle for the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations' power programs. Phase separation would be necessary for the use of a Rankine power conversion cycle in microgravity. The vortex phase separator invented by Texas A&M University may be implemented in a microgravity Rankine cycle for successful phase separation. With the known characteristics of the separator/inventory control system, the Texas A&M University vortex phase separator can be operated successfully for a wide variety of uses in microgravity. The separator operating principle and envelope, test performance data, and inventory monitoring system are described.

author list (cited authors)

  • Ghrist, M., Ellis, M., Bean, D., Kurwitz, C., & Best, F.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Ghrist, Melissa||Ellis, Mike||Bean, David||Kurwitz, Cable||Best, Frederick

publication date

  • December 2006