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Space hardware for concrete sample production on ISS “MASON concrete mixer”

Müller, Julian and Rattenbacher, Bernd and Tell, Karsten and Rösch, Ch. and Welsch, Torsten and Maurer, Matthias and Sperl, Matthias and Schnellenbach-Held, Martina (2023) Space hardware for concrete sample production on ISS “MASON concrete mixer”. npj Microgravity, 9 (57), e57. Nature Publishing Group. doi: 10.1038/s41526-023-00304-0. ISSN 2373-8065.

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Official URL: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41526-023-00304-0


Advances in space flight technology will enable the construction of Moon or even Mars bases in the not-too-distant future. Thus, materials will be needed that are suitable for building in microgravity environments. One idea is to use concrete, the most used construction material on Earth, for these challenging tasks. The hardening and the properties of concrete under the boundary conditions prevailing on Earth are well understood, but there is only limited research on concrete produced in microgravity. Hence, a research project called MASON was established, which aims to mix and harden concrete on the ISS and to investigate the properties of the specimens made in microgravity extensively. Since a defined geometry of the specimens would be favorable for these investigations, a special hardware was developed, called the MASON Concrete Mixer (MCM), which allows the production of concrete specimens fulfilling the requirements on the geometry as well as the safety requirements. Subsequently, the development, design, tests, and qualification of the MCM as well as its usage are presented.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/197261/
Document Type:Article
Title:Space hardware for concrete sample production on ISS “MASON concrete mixer”
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Rattenbacher, BerndBIOTESC, Hochschule Luzern Technik und Architektur, Hergiswil, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Welsch, TorstenUni Duisburg-EssenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Maurer, MatthiasEuropean Astronaut Centre (EAC), European Space Agency (ESA), Linder Höhe, D-51147 Cologne, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sperl, MatthiasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9525-0368142529909
Schnellenbach-Held, MartinaUni Duisburg-EssenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:21 July 2023
Journal or Publication Title:npj Microgravity
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:e57
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
Keywords:concrete, ISS
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Model systems
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Materials Physics in Space
Deposited By: Sperl, Matthias
Deposited On:18 Sep 2023 07:35
Last Modified:18 Sep 2023 07:35

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