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Extraterrestrial fiberglass production using solar energyA conceptual design is presented for fiberglass production systems in both lunar and space environments. The raw material, of lunar origin, will be plagioclase concentrate, high silica content slag, and calcium oxide. Glass will be melted by solar energy. The multifurnace in the lunar plant and the spinning cylinder in the space plant are unique design features. Furnace design appears to be the most critical element in optimizing system performance. A conservative estimate of the total power generated by solar concentrators is 1880 kW; the mass of both plants is 120 tons. The systems will reproduce about 90 times their total mass in fiberglass in 1 year. A new design concept would be necessary if glass rods were produced in space.
Document ID
19790024066
Document Type
Other
Authors
Ho, D. (Michigan Univ. Ann Arbor, MI, United States)
Sobon, L. E. (Michigan Univ. Ann Arbor, MI, United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1979
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Ames Res. Center Space Resources and Space Settlements
Subject Category
ASTRONAUTICS (GENERAL)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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