Geotechnical properties of BP-1 lunar regolith simulant

Eduardo Suescun-Florez, Stanislav Roslyakov, Magued Iskander, Mohammed Baamer

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Abstract

Understanding the mechanical behavior of lunar regolith is of great importance for future missions to the Moon and other similar extraterrestrial environments. However, due to the scarcity of lunar regolith a number of simulants have been developed to facilitate experimental testing. This paper presents the geotechnical properties of an inexpensive lunar regolith simulant named Black Point 1 (BP-1). An experimental program including particle-size distribution, microscopy observations using scanning electron microscope (SEM) images, density measurements, compressibility, and shear strength was performed. Additionally, BP-1 was compared with regolith recovered from lunar missions and a number of its simulants. The physical properties of BP-1 were found to be similar to other existing simulants and to the natural lunar regolith.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number04014124
JournalJournal of Aerospace Engineering
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

Keywords

  • Black Point
  • Black Point 1 (BP-1)
  • Johnson Space Center 1 (JSC-1)
  • Johnson Space Center 1A (JSC-1A)
  • Lunar stimulant
  • Minnesota lunar simulant 1 (MLS-1) lunar soil
  • Regolith

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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