NASA JSC’s Crew and Thermal Systems Division is designing an experiment to go aboard the ISS in February 2016 to test two phase change materials, water and wax, in a prototype heat exchanger. As an intern in the group during the summer of 2014, I had two primary responsibilities: (1) Design the support structure and electronics box in CAD and (2) build a program to estimate the pressure drop in the propylene glycol water (PGW) fluid loop.
I gained the following skills working on this project:
- Creo 2.0 (CAD)
- Design for assembly and manufacturing
- Excel programming
- Fluid analysis
- 3D printing and prototyping