Demonstration of Food Processing Equipment

PI: Susana Carranza, Makel Engineering, Inc.

The primary objective of the proposed flight experiments is to determine the effect of reduced gravity in the transport of airborne particles generated in food preparation activities, and more specifically on spatter of oil and water droplets, within the environmental constraints of the fume hood component of a galley architecture in a space habitat. Experiments will be performed with two shelf-stable foods, consistent with what may be found in a space habitat.

SBIR Phase I (2010)
SBIR Phase II (2011)

Technology Areas (?)
  • TA07 Human Exploration Destination Systems
Future Customers

The resulting system and knowledge obtained will be applicable to any human missions that include a space habitat. For instance, the current approach towards enabling human exploration of space seeks to use the Moon as a proving ground for habitats and other technologies that enable long duration stays, as required in a manned mission to Mars. In addition to NASA applications, the containment and treatment of cooking fumes will find application in confined environments, e.g. submarine galley.

Flight Experiment Objectives

Experimental conditions will be systematically varied to gather data on the combined effects of forced ventilation, relative position within hood, and presence of other cooking appliances that interfere with particle trajectories. The experiments will be documented via image capture (video and/or high speed cameras), post processing of spatter collection (removable panels that capture spatter), and monitoring of environmental conditions throughout the experiments (gravity level, pressure, temperature, humidity, etc.)

Technology Details

  • Selection Date
    AFO6 (Jun 2013)
  • Program Status
  • Current TRL (?)
    TRL 5
    Successful FOP Flights
  • 1 Parabolic

Development Team

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