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Investigating the additive manufacture of extra-terrestrial material simulants

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posted on 05.01.2021, 14:21 authored by Athanasios GoulasAthanasios Goulas
The powder bed fusion additive manufacturing process category consists of a group of key-enabling technologies. These technologies allow the fabrication of both intrinsic and complex structures for a series of applications, including astronautics. The pull factor that influenced this investigation was to explore the potential application of laser-based additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing), for the manufacture of engineering assets and componentry, using the available extra-terrestrial natural resources as feedstock. The successful realisation of this manufacturing approach in an extra-terrestrial environment could enable a sustainable presence in space by providing the ability to build assets and tools needed for building and maintaining life-sustaining habitats on the Moon, to support future extra-terrestrial human activity. [Continues.]

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School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Publisher

Loughborough University

Rights holder

© Athanasios Goulas

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2018

Notes

A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.

Language

en

Supervisor(s)

Ross J.Friel ; Daniel Southcott-Engstrøm

Qualification name

PhD

Qualification level

Doctoral