|About this Abstract
||Materials Science & Technology 2020
||2020 Undergraduate Student Poster Contest
||Developing Materials and Coating Technologies for Mitigation of Lunar Dust Adhesion and Abrasion
||Dylan Lew, Nicolas Fransen, Valerie Wiesner, Christopher Wohl, Lopamudra Das
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
In order to enable long duration missions to the lunar surface, materials resistant to the harsh lunar environment are critically needed. Lunar dust poses a significant threat to the durability of components and vehicles operating on the lunar surface. The fine, jagged morphology and highly abrasive nature of the dust enable particles to adhere and embed into surfaces of components and devices potentially leading to premature failure.
The objective of this project is to examine properties of candidate ceramic material systems that are highly wear resistant and/or resistant to lunar dust adhesion for lunar applications as coatings and/or bulk components. This project supports the Lunar Dust Patch Plate Experiment that is currently scheduled to launch in fiscal year 2022 to enable real environment evaluation of candidate materials for Lunar exploration applications.