Accession Number : AD0284052

Title :   CO2 REDUCTION BY ELECTRIC ARC PRINCIPLES

Corporate Author : RICK RESEARCH ASSOCIATES INC ELMIRA N Y

Personal Author(s) : RIGGEN,THEODORE K.

Report Date : JUL 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Reduction of carbon dioxide to carbon and oxygen in an ionic plasma at reduced gas pressure is discussed. The basic equipment consists of a vacuum pump to reduce pressure, an ion chamber to contain the plasma, a power supply and capacitor to flash the gas and a timed excitation potential. Conditions of space travel as the environment stipulated the parameters of design. Attempts were made to reduce weight, size and power requirements. A mechanical system for the removal of deposited carbon was proposed. Other methods were suggested, including precipitron collection, water collection and deposit of the carbon granules by temperature differential. The mechanical system was selected for its simplicity and adaptability to automatic control. (Author)

Descriptors :   *CARBON DIOXIDE, CARBON, DISPOSAL, EFFECTIVENESS, ELECTRIC ARCS, GAS IONIZATION, INSTRUMENTATION, IONIZATION CHAMBERS, REDUCTION, SPACE FLIGHT, SPACECRAFT CABINS, VACUUM PUMPS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE