Sintering Lunar Simulants Using 2.45 GHz Radiation

by Thomas T. Meek, Univ of Tennessee, United States,
Lois A. Fayerweather, Univ of Tennessee, United States,
Mukund J. Godbole, Univ of Tennessee, United States,
David T. Vaniman, Univ of Tennessee, United States,
Richard Honnell, Univ of Tennessee, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


In situ sintering of lunar regolith may be useful for slope stabilization, dust control, and other applications around a lunar base. Having a knowledge of the mechanical properties of sintered lunar regolith will be helpful in designing lunar structures using this material. Samples of glassy and crystalline lunar simulants were prepared and sintered at 2.45 GHz at various temperatures and then characterized as to their compressive strength, Young's modulus of elasticity and their thermal shock. These data are compared with their microstructures as determined by SEM techniques.

Subject Headings: Lunar materials | Material properties | Radiation | Construction materials | Ceramics | Material mechanics | Mechanical properties | Moon

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