Concrete for Lunar Base Construction


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Title: Concrete for Lunar Base Construction

Author(s): T. D. Lin

Publication: Concrete International

Volume: 9

Issue: 7

Appears on pages(s): 48-53

Keywords: aggregates; cements; concrete construction; lunar bases; lunar dust; lunar rock; raw materials; General

Date: 7/1/1987

Prior to the establishment of lunar scientific and industrial projects, usitably shielded structures to house facilities and personnel must be built on the moon. One potential material for the construction is concrete. Concrete is a versatile building material, capable of withstanding the effects of extreme temperature, solar wind, radiation, cosmic rays, and micrometeorites. This article examines the technical and economic feasibility of using lunar materials to construct concrete lunar bases.