Reliability Analysis of Lunar Structures Under Meteoroid Impact

by William M. Bulleit, Michigan Technological Univ, Houghton, United States,
Eric P. Steinberg, Michigan Technological Univ, Houghton, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Probabilistic Mechanics and Structural and Geotechnical Reliability


The United States is slowly moving towards lunar base, and possibly Mars base, activities. Design of structures for these bases requires knowledge about loadings and conditions which in some cases are essentially nonexistent on Earth. This paper examines one of these loadings, meteoroid impact. Reliability analyses were performed for two limit states related to meteoroid impact. The first is complete penetration of a structure by a single impacting meteoroid. The second is accumulated damage by a sequence of strikes on the same area of the structure.

Subject Headings: Structural analysis | Structural reliability | Space colonies | Moon | Asteroids, comets, and meteoroids | Mars | Knowledge management | Impact loads | United States

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