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Title: Development of a vacuum compatible rotary dynamic seal for cryogenic liquids

Liquid nitrogen is commonly circulating through radiative panels which cover satellite supporting structure inside thermal vacuum test chamber. In the Large Space Simulator (LSS) located in the ESA* ESTEC** Test Centre, there is the need to move the satellite specimen inside the vacuum chamber to modify its relative orientation vis-à-vis the artificial sun beam. Re-orientation of the radiative panels is then required. ESA is currently developing a New Motion System (NMS) allowing dynamic motion from Gimbal to the Yoke Stand without any reconfiguration of the test. To do so, a nitrogen supply is required which can follow the rotation of the thermal shrouds under vacuum. Nitrogen flexible hoses are not anymore suitable due to their volume and mass constraints and due to the limitation in the rotation range. This paper describes the design, manufacturing and tests of a new compact multi-turn Rotary Nitrogen Joint (RNJ) compliant with thermal vacuum conditions used for spacecraft thermal testing. This prototype development is funded by the ESA Technology and Research Program. *European Space Agency **European Space Research and Technology Centre.
Authors:
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  1. Absolut-System, Meylan, 38240 (France)
  2. APCO Technologies SA, Aigle, CH-1860 (Switzerland)
  3. European Space Agency, Noordwijk, 2201 AZ (Netherlands)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22262737
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1573; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: Cryogenic engineering conference, Anchorage, AK (United States), 17-21 Jun 2013; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; CRYOGENIC STORAGE DEVICES; DESIGN; LIQUIDS; NITROGEN; SIMULATORS; THERMAL TESTING