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

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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

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    Keywords

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

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    Mitigation of lunar dust adhered to mechanical parts of equipment used for lunar exploration. / Kawamoto, Hiroyuki; Miwa, T.

    In: Journal of Electrostatics, Vol. 69, No. 4, 08.2011, p. 365-369.

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