Planetary Base Inflatable Form Construction

by Richard A. Kaden, US Dep of the Army, United States,
Leonard D. Pense, US Dep of the Army, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


The use of the inflatable form (IF) structure has been practiced in the concrete industry for more than a decade. This article proposes the use of a double-walled IF for the Phase I construction of base structures. The basic module is a hemisphere or dome that can be inflated. The IF will be filled with a polyurethane foam. Also proposed are footing forms that use wire baskets or gabions for non-pressurized segmented ring beam and retaining wall forms.

Subject Headings: Space construction | Concrete structures | Synthetic materials | Space structures | Polyurethane | Construction management | Concrete construction

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