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Development and mechanical properties of structural materials from lunar simulantsDevelopment of the technologies for manufacture of structural and construction materials on the Moon, utilizing local lunar soil (regolith), without the use of water, is an important element for habitats and explorations in space. Here, it is vital that the mechanical behavior such as strength and flexural properties, fracture toughness, ductility and deformation characteristics be defined toward establishment of the ranges of engineering applications of the materials developed. The objective is to describe the research results in two areas for the above goal: (1) liquefaction of lunar simulant (at about 100 C) with different additives (fibers, powders, etc.); and (2) development and use of a new triaxial test device in which lunar simulants are first compressed under cycles of loading, and then tested with different vacuums and initial confining or in situ stress.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Desai, Chandra S.
(Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Girdner, K.
(Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Saadatmanesh, H.
(Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Allen, T.
(Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: Resources of Near-Earth Space: Abstracts
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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