Electrostatic particle-size classification of lunar regolith for in-situ resource utilization

Hiroyuki Kawamoto, M. Adachi

    研究成果: Conference contribution

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    To realize long-term lunar exploration, it is essential to develop technologies such as drilling, extraction, and chemical processing of lunar soil to achieve in-situ resource utilization (ISRU). Classification of particle size is one of the most important technologies required for ISRU. Because conventional techniques that utilize air flow and require high power are not suitable for operation on the Moon, the authors have developed two new technologies for electrostatic particle-size classification utilizing the balance between the electrostatic force and gravitational force. Our experiment demonstrated that particles less than 20 μm in size could be efficiently separated from the bulk of the regolith. Numerical method that can predict the performance in the lunar environment has been developed based on a three-dimensional Discrete Element Method.

    元の言語English
    ホスト出版物のタイトル7th Symposium on Space Resource Utilization
    出版物ステータスPublished - 2014
    イベント7th Symposium on Space Resource Utilization - SciTech Forum and Exposition 2014 - National Harbor, MD
    継続期間: 2014 1 132014 1 17

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    Other7th Symposium on Space Resource Utilization - SciTech Forum and Exposition 2014
    National Harbor, MD
    期間14/1/1314/1/17

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science(all)
    • Space and Planetary Science
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Kawamoto, H., & Adachi, M. (2014). Electrostatic particle-size classification of lunar regolith for in-situ resource utilization. : 7th Symposium on Space Resource Utilization