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Evaluation of Surface Modification as a Lunar Dust Mitigation Strategy for Thermal Control SurfacesThree surface treatments were evaluated for their ability to lower the adhesion between lunar simulant dust and AZ93, AlFEP, and AgFEP thermal control surfaces under simulated lunar conditions. Samples were dusted in situ and exposed to a standardized puff of nitrogen gas. Thermal performance before dusting, after dusting, and after part of the dust was removed by the puff of gas, were compared to perform the assessment. None of the surface treatments was found to significantly affect the adhesion of lunar simulants to AZ93 thermal control paint. Oxygen ion beam texturing also did not lower the adhesion of lunar simulant dust to AlFEP or AgFEP. But a workfunction matching coating and a proprietary Ball Aerospace surface treatment were both found to significantly lower the adhesion of lunar simulants to AlFEP and AgFEP. Based on these results, it is recommended that all these two techniques be further explored as dust mitigation coatings for AlFEP and AgFEP thermal control surfaces.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Gaier, James R.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Waters, Deborah L.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Misconin, Robert M.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Banks, Bruce A.
(Alphaport, Inc. Cleveland, OH, United States)
Crowder, Mark
(Ball Aerospace Boulder, CO, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 2011
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper-2011-5183
Meeting Information
41st International Conference on Environmental Systems(Portland, OR)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 119103.04.05.18
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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