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Water walls for life support

A method and associated system for processing waste gases, liquids and solids, produced by human activity, to separate (i) liquids suitable for processing to produce potable water, (ii) solids and liquids suitable for construction of walls suitable for enclosing a habitat volume and for radiation shielding, and (iii) other fluids and solids that are not suitable for processing. A forward osmosis process and a reverse osmosis process are sequentially combined to reduce fouling and to permit accumulation of different processable substances. The invention may be used for long term life support of human activity.
Inventors: 

Michael T. Flynn

Mona Hammoudeh

Tra-My Justine Richardson

Sherwin J. Gormly

Patent Number: 
US9714183
Patent Issue Date: 
August 25, 2017
Agency
NASA
Region
Far West
State: 
California
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