Compaction of lunar-type soil

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Soil plays an important role in the construction of foundations of roads and buildings. The utilization of soil traditionally involves the compaction of the in-situ or previously loosened material to achieve a desired strength. The paper reports an initial investigation on the effect of the percentage of fines on the densification and strength of lunar-soil simulant. The results of vibratory and static compaction tests in the laboratory suggest that the amount of fines should be reduced from the existing 50% that is typical for lunar regolith. The measurement of density and cone resistance of soil mix with only 10% showed large differences when compared to soils with 30% or 50% fines. No attempt has been made to find optimal soil mixes for compaction. © ASCE.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-187
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Aerospace Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes

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