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Fall 12-4-2022


Extraterrestrial travel and housing are topics that have come up in recent times. There is a possibility of living on the moon. Now geopolymers are solid ceramic-like materials at near ambient temperatures. In order to do that while keeping costs at a minimum, we are researching and developing a geopolymer using lunar dust to 3D print houses on the moon. Due to the fact we are using lunar dust, the number of materials that need to be shipped out gets cut dramatically. We are studying the composition of both lunar mares and lunar highlands in order to fully understand what needs to be added to make a strong durable geopolymer that can withstand the varying factors and temperaments of the moon. By looking at aluminum and silicon ratios, as well as KOH, we aim to create a geopolymer that can make houses on the moon. Geopolymers are prepared by alkali solution activated natural minerals or industrial waste materials and 3D printed specimens from the geopolymer were assessed for printing accuracy, apparent porosity and mechanical property.


This poster was presented at the 37th Semi-Annual Dr. Janet Liou-Mark Honors & Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation, Dec. 1, 2022. Mentor: Prof. Akm S. Rahman (Mechanical Engineering Technology).



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