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Nabity, James A. Associate Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Prof Nabity engages in research that spans engineering and the sciences to enable long-term and far-reaching human space flight systems. His research includes environmental control and life support systems (ECLSS); spacecraft and habitat design; and propulsion and power. Doctoral students are currently engaged in the following research activities: 1) algal photobioreactors, 2) reduce crew exposure to space radiation, 3) model the influence of space radiation on crew performance, 4) robust ECLSS, 5) solid-state thermal control / thermoelectrics, and 6) use ionic liquid solvents for mineral extraction. Research was proposed to develop capillary-driven water/nutrient delivery, humidity and CO2 removal from spacecraft cabin atmospheres, CO2 sequestration from the Mars atmosphere and algal photobioreactors. Articles describe the design and implementation of algal photobioreactors, the characterization of ionic liquids, capillarity, RH control and CO2 electrolysis.

keywords

  • life support, thermal control, heat transport, freezable heat exchanger, waste management, ozone oxidation, solid waste oxidation, water treatment, emergency oxygen generation, airbreathing propulsion, gas turbine augmentor, ramjet combustion, scramjet combustion, jet fuels, catalytic combustion, rocket propulsion, colloid thruster, fuel injection, MEMS

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • ASEN 4013 - Foundations of Propulsion
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Describes aerothermodynamics and design of both rocket and air-breathing engines. Includes ramjets, turbojets, turbofans, and turboprop engines, as well as liquid, solid, and hybrid rockets.
  • ASEN 5018 - Graduate Projects I
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Exposes MS and PhD students to project management and systems engineering disciplines while working a complex aerospace engineering project as part of a project team. The project team may perform some or all of the following project activities during this first semester of the two-semester course sequence: requirements, definition, design and design review, build, test, and verification. Recommended prerequisite: ASEN 4138 or ASEN 5148 or ASEN 5158 or instructor consent required.
  • ASEN 6028 - Graduate Projects II
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Exposes MS and PhD students to leadership positions in project management and systems engineering while working a complex aerospace engineering project as part of a project team. The project team may perform some or all of the following project activities during this second semester of the two-semester course sequence: requirements definition, design and design review, build, test, and verification. Recommended prerequisite: ASEN 4138 or ASEN 5148 or ASEN 5018 or ASEN 5158 or instructor consent required.
  • ASEN 6116 - Spacecraft Life Support Systems
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Study the environmental control and the life support systems and technologies that keep people alive and healthy in spacecraft and habitats. Students will learn about thermal control systems, air revitalization processes, water reclamation and treatment, waste handling and the reuse of materials, and food and nutrition. Expect to develop analytical models from first principles and perform hands-on laboratory experiments. Formerly ASEN 5116.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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