Electrostatic transport of lunar soil for in situ resource utilization

Hiroyuki Kawamoto*, Keita Shirai


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    23 被引用数 (Scopus)


    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 utilizes 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. Mechanical vibration was applied to the conveyer to transport particles more efficiently. The results of our investigation are as follows: (1):The observed transport rate in air was 13.5 g/min for a conveyer with a width of 100:mm. By performing numerical calculations on the basis of 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):Power consumption in this system is much less. It was only 10:W for a conveyer with an area of 1.0 m2 (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.

    ジャーナルJournal of Aerospace Engineering
    出版ステータスPublished - 2012 1月

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • 航空宇宙工学
    • 土木構造工学
    • 機械工学
    • 材料科学(全般)


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