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Consolidation of lunar regolith: Microwave versus direct solar heatingThe production of construction materials on the lunar surface will require an appropriate fabrication technique. Two processing methods considered as being suitable for producing dense, consolidated products such as bricks are direct solar heating and microwave heating. An analysis was performed to compare the two processes in terms of the amount of power and time required to fabricate bricks of various size. The regolith was considered to be a mare basalt with an overall density of 60 pct. of theoretical. Densification was assumed to take place by vitrification since this process requires moderate amounts of energy and time while still producing dense products. Microwave heating was shown to be significantly faster compared to solar furnace heating for rapid production of realistic-size bricks.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Kunitzer, J.
(Michigan Technological Univ. Houghton, MI, United States)
Strenski, D. G.
(Michigan Technological Univ. Houghton, MI, United States)
Yankee, S. J.
(Michigan Technological Univ. Houghton, MI, United States)
Pletka, B. J.
(Michigan Technological Univ. Houghton, MI, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: Arizona Univ., 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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