Transportation by Pipelines in Space Colonies

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by Henry Liu, Univ of Missouri-Columbia, United States,
Thomas R. Marrero, Univ of Missouri-Columbia, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space

Abstract: The use of pipelines in space colonies to transport liquid, gas, solids and even passengers is not only feasible but also desirable. For many applications, pipelines offer a number of advantages over other modes of transportation on the moon and Mars which have lower gravity and a more hostile environment than that on the Earth. Low gravity facilitates the transportation of solid materials and people by pipelines. Pipelines also provide the greatest safety to transporting people in a hostile and dangerous environment. This paper explores various factors in space colonies that affect the use of pipelines, and how to design pipelines with these factors taken into account. Some important applications of pipelines in space colonies are also discussed.

Subject Headings: Space colonies | Solid mechanics | Pipe materials | Space exploration | Gas pipelines | Natural gas |

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