Structural Design for Extraterrestrial Natural Hazards
This project (in collaboration with XO-Structures research group www.xo-structures.com) investigates how we can establish a new structural design framework for structures designed and build on the Moon or Mars in line with the new space era.
Initially the focus is on the optimization of the structural form of shielding storage structures that can protect critical assets or future habitable modules from extreme radiation and temperature fluctuations. These structures need to be resilient against strong ground motions and extreme temperatures but at the same time use minimal structural material. Additionally, they need to be built by indigenous soil material called regolith using large-scale additive manufacturing aligned with the in-situ resource utilization framework (ISRU).