Electrostatic transport of lunar soil for in-situ resource utilization

Hiroyuki Kawamoto*, K. Shirai

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    研究成果: Conference contribution

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    In order to realize a long-term lunar exploration, it is essential to develop a technology for transporting lunar soil for in-situ resource utilization. We are developing a particle transport system that uses electrostatic traveling-waves. The conveyer consists of parallel electrodes printed on a plastic substrate. Four-phase rectangular voltage is applied to the electrodes to transport particles on the conveyer. Ultrasonic vibration was applied to the conveyer to transport particles efficiently. The following points are the outline of our investigation: (1) The observed transport rate in air was 2 g/min. Through numerical calculations based on the 3D distinct element method, we predicted that the system performance would improve in the high vacuum and low-gravity environment on the moon. (2) The power consumption of this system is very less. It was only 4 W for a 1-m2 area of the conveyer. (3) We demonstrated an inclined and curved transport path as well as a flat and straight transport path. In addition, we demonstrated that transportation of particles through a tube and accumulation of scattered particles were also possible.

    本文言語English
    ホスト出版物のタイトルProceedings of the 12th International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments - Earth and Space 2010
    ページ57-65
    ページ数9
    DOI
    出版ステータスPublished - 2010
    イベント12th International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments - Earth and Space 2010 - Honolulu, HI
    継続期間: 2010 3月 142010 3月 17

    Other

    Other12th International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments - Earth and Space 2010
    CityHonolulu, HI
    Period10/3/1410/3/17

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • 建築および建設
    • 環境工学

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