Mitigation of lunar dust on solar panels and optical elements utilizing electrostatic traveling-wave

Hiroyuki Kawamoto, M. Uchiyama, B. L. Cooper, D. S. McKay

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    Abstract

    A system for removing lunar dust from the surface of solar panels and optical elements is of great importance for lunar exploration. We have developed a method of removing lunar dust using electrostatic traveling-waves generated by four-phase rectangular voltage applied to a transparent conveyer consisting of parallel ITO (indium tin oxide) electrodes printed on a glass substrate. On the basis of basic investigations, we have demonstrated the removal of actual lunar dust. A numerical investigation predicts that the performance will improve in the low-gravity environment on the Moon.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)370-379
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Electrostatics
    Volume69
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug

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    Moon
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    microgravity
    Tin oxides
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    Glass
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    Electrodes

    Keywords

    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Lunar dust
    • Lunar exploration
    • Traveling wave

    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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    Mitigation of lunar dust on solar panels and optical elements utilizing electrostatic traveling-wave. / Kawamoto, Hiroyuki; Uchiyama, M.; Cooper, B. L.; McKay, D. S.

    In: Journal of Electrostatics, Vol. 69, No. 4, 08.2011, p. 370-379.

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