Mechanical Properties of Compacted Lunar Simulant Using New Vacuum Triaxial Equipment

by Chandra S. Desai, Univ of Arizona, Tucson, United States,
Hamid Saadatmanesh, Univ of Arizona, Tucson, United States,
Tom Allen, Univ of Arizona, Tucson, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Mechanical stress-strain-strength properties of Arizona Lunar Simulant (ALS) are investigated by using a newly developed vacuum triaxial device that allows compaction under different initial vacuums and confinements. Influence of vacuum and confinement on compaction, strength and deformation characteristics of compacted material are delineated and discussed.

Subject Headings: Material properties | Strength of materials | Lunar materials | Construction materials | Mechanical properties | Compaction (material) | Moon | Arizona | United States

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