Experimental, physical and numerical modeling of lunar regolith and lunar regolith structuresAn extensive series of laboratory strength and deformation experiments have been performed on a lunar regolith simulant. Results of these experiments are compared to results from experiments on real lunar regolith from the Apollo and Luna missions to illustrate the suitability of this material in capturing the engineering properties lunar regolith. In addition, these results are used to calibrate a constitutive model used to describe its stress-strain behavior. This model, in conjunction with numerical analysis techniques, is used to predict the response i.e. material parameters) of lunar simulant under 1/6-g and low confining stress conditions. These tools are also used to predict the displacement response of a lunar soil embankment structure used to cover a first generation human habitat module, which might be used to accommodate the first astronauts revisiting the moon. These predictions are compared to physical models of this structure, which are tested in a geotechnical centrifuge in order to satisfy scaling relationships between prototype and model.
Perkins, Steven W. (Montana State Univ. Bozeman, United States)
Sture, Stein (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Ko, Hon Y. (Colorado Univ. Boulder, United States)
August 16, 2013
January 1, 1992
Publication: In: Engineering, construction, and operations in space - III: Space '92; Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference, Denver, CO, May 31-June 4, 1992. Vol. 1 (A93-41976 17-12)
Ground Support Systems And Facilities (Space)
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IDRelationTitle19930057979Collected WorksEngineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III