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Process to Produce Iron Nanoparticle Lunar Dust Simulant CompositeA document discusses a method for producing nanophase iron lunar dust composite simulant by heating a mixture of carbon black and current lunar simulant types (mixed oxide including iron oxide) at a high temperature to reduce ionic iron into elemental iron. The product is a chemically modified lunar simulant that can be attracted by a magnet, and has a surface layer with an iron concentration that is increased during the reaction. The iron was found to be -iron and Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The simulant produced with this method contains iron nanoparticles not available previously, and they are stable in ambient air. These nanoparticles can be mass-produced simply.
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Document Type
Other - NASA Tech Brief
Hung, Ching-cheh
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
McNatt, Jeremiah
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 2010
Publication Information
Publication: NASA Tech Briefs, November 2010
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
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Public Use Permitted.
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