Design Concepts for a Lunar Concrete Production Facility

by Richard M. Drake, Fluor Daniel Inc, Irvine, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


This paper discusses concrete production fundamentals on the earth and identifies applicable features required for lunar concrete production. Production principles unique to the lunar environment and concrete structural concepts are researched from literature. Design criteria are summarized that are compatible with the lunar principles and concepts. It is concluded that a large pressurized facility is required for lunar concrete production. The principal benefits from the use of a large pressurized facility are that workers need not wear cumbersome and restrictive space suits and concrete can't be cured in the vacuum environment of the moon. A specific assembly facility concept is presented and its conversion to a lunar precast concrete plant is discussed.

Subject Headings: Concrete | Moon | Precast concrete | Building design | Structural design | Space structures | Space frames

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