Structural Materials from Lunar Simulants Through Thermal Liquefaction

by Chandra S. Desai, Univ of Arizona, Tucson, United States,
Kirsten Girdner, Univ of Arizona, Tucson, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III

Abstract: Thermal liquefaction that allows development of intermediate ceramic composites from a lunar simulant with various admixtures is used to develop structural materials for construction on the Moon. Bending and compressive properties of resulting composites are obtained from laboratory tests and evaluated with respect to the use of three different types and fibers.

Subject Headings: Ceramics | Composite materials | Construction materials | Material tests | Soil liquefaction | Lunar materials | Thermal effects | Space construction

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