Practical performance of an electrostatic cleaning system for removal of lunar dust from optical elements utilizing electrostatic traveling wave

Hiroyuki Kawamoto, Shusuke Hashime

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    Abstract

    The removal of lunar dust deposited on solar panels, heat radiators, and optical elements (e.g., lens and mirrors) is one of the critical issues for a long-term lunar exploration. We have developed a cleaning system to remove the deposited lunar dust using an electrostatic traveling wave. When a four-phase rectangular voltage is applied to a transparent plate consisting of circular vortical ITO (indium tin oxide) electrodes printed on a glass substrate to move the electrostatic field toward the outer direction, the lunar dust on the plate is removed outwards following the movement of the electrostatic traveling wave. In this study, the effects of pressure and temperature that simulate the lunar environment were investigated, and it was demonstrated that high performance was maintained in a harsh lunar environment. It was confirmed that the low-frequency mechanical vibration generated by the movement of a rover improves the cleaning efficiency. The actual energy consumption of this system was evaluated, and it was demonstrated to be negligible with a simple high voltage source.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)38-43
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Electrostatics
    Volume94
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug 1

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    lunar dust
    lunar environment
    Optical devices
    Dust
    Static Electricity
    traveling waves
    cleaning
    Electrostatics
    Cleaning
    electrostatics
    heat radiators
    lunar exploration
    Lunar missions
    Electric potential
    energy consumption
    Radiators
    Vibration
    Tin oxides
    indium oxides
    Indium

    Keywords

    • Aerospace engineering
    • Electrical equipment
    • Particles
    • Regolith
    • Space exploration

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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