Engineering Approaches to Lunar Settlements

Haym Benaroya

BUILDING HABITATS ON THE MOON: Engineering Approaches to Lunar Settlements Designing a habitat for the lunar surface? You will need to know more than structural engineering. There are the effects of meteoroids, radiation, and low gravity. Then there are the psychological and psychosocial aspects of living in close quarters, in a dangerous environment, far away from home. All these must be considered when the habitat is sized, materials specified, and structure designed.

This book provides an overview of various concepts for lunar habitats and structural designs and characterizes the lunar environment - the technical and the nontechnical. The designs take into consideration psychological comfort, structural strength against seismic and thermal activity, as well as internal pressurization and 1/6 g. Also discussed are micrometeoroid modeling, risk and redundancy as well as probability and reliability, with an introduction to analytical tools that can be useful in modeling uncertainties.

Table of Contents

About the author

1. Thoughts on the Moon
2. Overview and context
3. The lunar environment
4. Structure
5. Habitat studies
6. Lunar-based astronomy
7. Materials and ISRU
8. Structural design of a lunar habitat
9. Thermal design
10. Probability theory and seismic design
11. Reliability and damage
12. Airplanes, redundancy and lunar habitats
13. Advanced methodologies
14. Concluding thoughts


Extent: 314 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2018
ISBN: 978-3-319-68242-6

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