Hillhouse Thesis Proposal Presentation on Thursday, March 29th
Space Studies master’s student, Len Hillhouse, will give his thesis proposal presentation as follows. Please mark your calendars and show your support by attending tomorrow’s presentation.
When: Thursday, March 29th at 3:30 pm
Where: Ryan Hall, Room 111
Title: Circulation of a Low Pressure Medium to Regulate Temperature in Human Controlled Canopies
Temperature is problematic in low pressure environments. At standard atmospheric pressures energy
is moving through the system by convection and radiation. However, due to the smaller numbers of molecules in a low pressure setting radiation becomes dominate as convection almost ceases. This presents a great challenge for the design and successful operations of low pressure greenhouse vital to extended missions in space or on other bodies in the Solar system.
Dr. Vadim Rygalov collected hours of environmental data from an experimental low pressure greenhouse located at Kennedy Space Center in 2009/2010. With this data Len will examine temperatures and energy flow inside the low pressure greenhouse. His goal is to model the exchange of energy using thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and environmental physics. Furthermore, he will attempt to establish the viability of this system for use as a regenerative life support system.
Attendance via Connect-Pro: This presentation will not be available via Connect-Pro or any other form of webcast.