Prefabrication of Ceramic Segments by Compaction and Microwave Fusion Technology

by Chao-Lung Hwang, Natl Taiwan Inst of Technology, (NTIT), Taiwan,
Ren-Yih Lin, Natl Taiwan Inst of Technology, (NTIT), Taiwan,
Suh-Lan Shieh, Natl Taiwan Inst of Technology, (NTIT), Taiwan,
Long-Cherng Lee, Natl Taiwan Inst of Technology, (NTIT), Taiwan,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Material source and environmental impacts are two major concerns in the application of conventional concrete technology in lunar base construction. In this study, the simulated lunar soil which is similar to lunar material in composition was adopted for small ceramic segment production. Compaction, resistance heating, and microwave heating technologies were applied to process the test specimens; furthermore, the produced test specimens were analyzed by scanning electron microscope and mercury intrusion porosimetry technologies. The test results reveal that under controlled heating temperature and heating time by resistance heating, the compressive strength of the test specimens with little or no water content has satisfactory outcomes. In addition, in considering the processing efficiency, the utility of the microwave heating process with regard to some constraints on the moon was also preliminarily compared with a traditional resistance heating process.

Subject Headings: Temperature effects | Lunar materials | Space construction | Construction materials | Ceramics | Microwaves | Offsite construction

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