Faculty Advisor

Blandino, John J.

Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.

Abstract

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is studying vacuum pyrolysis as a method for converting lunar regolith into oxygen and other consumables for long-term space missions. The goal of this project was to design and construct a crucible mount and concentrator for a vacuum pyrolysis system. We investigated material constraints and properties for the crucible mounting system and devised candidate designs to meet those constraints. Additionally we built the parabolic concentrator system.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Program

Mechanical Engineering

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