Electrostatic cleaner of lunar dust on solar panel and optical lens

Hiroyuki Kawamoto*, Masaki Uchiyama

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Because a cleaning system of lunar dust on the solar panel and optical lens is of great importance for the lunar exploration, we are developing a cleaning system of lunar dust utilizing electrostatic force. Although it has been demonstrated that particles can be transported by the traveling-wave electric field formed by the parallel electrodes, some specific issues must be overcome to utilize this system for the lunar exploration. That is, a device must be transparent and highly efficient in the lunar environment. The electrostatic cleaner plate with transparent ITO electrodes was developed and it has been demonstrated that the decrease of the transmission rate of light was reduced only several percent by applying ultrasonic vibration in vacuum even if lunar dust was charged positively or negatively before operating the system. Finally, numerical simulation was conducted and it predicted that the performance will be further improved in the low gravity environment on the moon.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2613-2618
    Number of pages6
    JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, C Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part C
    Issue number758
    Publication statusPublished - 2009 Oct


    • Electrostatic Traveling Wave
    • Lunar Dust
    • Space Engineering
    • Space Equipment

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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