Production of Lunar Concrete in a Large Pressurized Assembly Facility

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Title: Production of Lunar Concrete in a Large Pressurized Assembly Facility

Author(s): Richard M. Drake

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 125

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 211-222

Keywords: batching; curing; lunar bases; modular structures; plants; precast concrete; pressurizing; production methods; structural design; General

Date: 5/1/1991

Abstract:
It has been proposed that a large pressurized shirt sleeve environment assembly facility would be useful during all phases of lunar outpost development. This article discusses the use of such a facility during later phases of outpost development when use of native materials is maximized. The principle benefits from the use of a large pressurized facility are that workers needn't wear cumbersome, restrictive space suits and concrete needn't be cured in the vacuum environment of the moon. A specific assembly facility concept is presented and its conversion to a lunar precast concrete plant is discussed.