Development, Testing and Modeling of Ceramic Composites for Lunar Applications

by J?nos C. T?th, Univ of Arizona, Tucson, United States,
Chandra S. Desai, Univ of Arizona, Tucson, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The procedure referred to as thermal liquefaction allows production of Intermediate Ceramic Composites (ICC) from lunar simulants with various admixtures. For their use as structural materials for construction on the Moon it is essential to study their mechanical properties: flexural, compressive, ductile, fracture and fatigue. Flexural and compressive testing of the composites are discussed by Desai and Girdner (1992). This paper describes development of a new tension testing device, manufacture of flat and cylindrical specimens and tensile and compression testing, and constitutive modeling for tensile, damage and fracture behavior.

Subject Headings: Ceramics | Composite materials | Material properties | Construction materials | Compression tests | Material tests | Thermal analysis

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