Sierra Lobo provided engineering services to determine
the feasibility of developing a Test Facility at NASA Glenn Research Center
(GRC). Sierra Lobo evaluated an old mercury cleaning
facility located in the RCL test area to determine its suitability to
function as an Alternate Fuels Test Facility (ATF), which would support
multiple aero programs.
The mercury cleaning facility was a block house with
little to no infrastructure. Sierra
Lobo performed a preliminary hazard assessment and presented a high-level
concept for the test facility and the suitability of the building location
and structure to the Area Safety Committee.
Sierra Lobo worked with the GRC Environmental Management
Office to determine the remediation needs for the facility prior to
modification of the building for the new test facility.
Sierra Lobo then began the design of the initial
facility infrastructure needed to support testing, such as powdered cryogenic
fuels, Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) and other fuels
manufacturing and accessing techniques.
Design and installation of basic power,
control, data, communication and safety infrastructure
Concrete pads and fuel storage areas
Special clean room/ fume hood area with very
strict environmental temperature and humidity conditions for processing and
accessing small quantities of fuel
After completing the AFTF, Sierra Lobo outfitted the
facility for future fuels research.