Mitigation of lunar dust adhered to mechanical parts of equipment used for lunar exploration

Hiroyuki Kawamoto, T. Miwa

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    Abstract

    A unique cleaning system has been developed utilizing electrostatic force to remove lunar dust adhered to the mechanical parts of equipment used for lunar exploration. A single-phase voltage is applied to parallel electrodes printed on a flexible substrate to remove the dust. More than 90% of adhered dust was repelled from the surface of the slightly inclined device in a vacuum, and the cleaning performance of the system would be further improved in the low-gravity environment of the Moon. This technology is expected to increase the reliability of equipment used in long-term manned and unmanned activities on the lunar surface.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)365-369
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Electrostatics
    Volume69
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug

    Keywords

    • Aerospace engineering
    • Electrical equipment
    • Lunar dust
    • Lunar exploration

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Biotechnology

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