Capacity planning of food using simulation modeling for balancing nutrition during space flight

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Bonczyk, Jonathan J.
Krishnan, Krishna K.

Aerospace expansion explores feats towards space travel and potential life on new planets, with organizations focusing heavily on engineering and new developments. With this recent development towards space travel comes many uncertainties and lack of knowledge when discussing the feasibility of successes, health pertaining to astronauts and the necessities of surviving. Organizations like NASA utilize resources in understanding the impact space travel has not only on machines but also the impact it has for astronauts. These studies relate back to the health of astronauts before and after space travel, showing the impacts space has on individuals. The health of each astronaut may alter with proper planning of specific designed food that may reduce the risk of certain complications. This research addresses various aspects as to space travel and requirements into segments of:

• Measurements for Nutritional Performance: this objective uses data analysis of nutritional breakdown for food based on their consumption that alter the compound structures of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

• Simulation Modeling for Food Capacity Analysis Design: the objective of this section is to represent the impact simulation modeling has for planning the capacity needed to grow food during harvest cycles.

• Health Risks Evaluation for Human Performance: the objective of this section represents the performance indicators used to evaluate astronautical health during space travel for evaluation.

• Simulation Modeling of Nutritional Balance via Food Consumption: the objective is to relate back the amount of nutritional amount acquired through the consumption of food to help balance potential health risks.

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Thesis (Ph.D.)-- Wichita State University, College of Engineering, Dept. of Industrial, Systems, and Manufacturing Engineering