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Title: Investigating the additive manufacture of extra-terrestrial material simulants
Author: Goulas, Athanasios
ISNI:       0000 0004 7970 7382
Awarding Body: Loughborough University
Current Institution: Loughborough University
Date of Award: 2018
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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.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified ; Additive manufacturing ; 3D printing ; Powder bed fusion ; Lunar regolith ; Martian regolith ; ISRU ; Astronautics