Electrostatic Dust Mitigation and Manipulation Techniques for Planetary Dust

Electrostatic Dust Mitigation and Manipulation Techniques for Planetary Dust

1st Edition - September 1, 2022

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  • Authors: Nima Gharib, Javad Farrokhi Derakhshandeh, Peter Radziszewski
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128219751

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Electrostatic Dust Mitigation and Manipulation Techniques for Planetary Dust explains how to control and remove dust in space due to the presence of a vacuum, abrasiveness of dust particles and electrostatic charge on particles. The book introduces innovative technologies that use electrostatic and di-electrophoretic forces to remove and transport small particles away from surfaces. In addition, it discusses how to resolve thermal control problems and reduce lung inhalation and eye irritation problems. The book includes two abrasive wear test devices that were designed to study the rate of volume wear for different materials when subjected to lunar dust simulant of different size ranges.This will be an ideal resource for space system engineers, space exploration researchers, and advanced students and professionals in space engineering.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive background on lunar and Martian dust properties and challenges, comparing currently available mitigation strategies
  • Highlights problems from dust on various space systems and crew
  • Features discrete element models that were created and calibrated based on experimental results to study the capacity of this technique for removing and cleaning dust in the lunar environments and on Earth


Space system engineers, Space exploration researchers (from NASA, ESA, etc.) and graduate students in the space engineering field and space physics

Table of Contents

  • 1. Background and introduction
    2. Lunar and martian dust related problems
    3. Dust removal techniques
    4. Lunar and martian dust properties
    5. Lunar dust abrasivewear
    6. Dust particle removal by electrostatic and dielephoretic forces
    7. Disctrete element modeling of electric curtain
    8. Introduction to advanced discrete element modeling by edem software
    9. Conclusion

Product details

  • No. of pages: 220
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: September 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128219751

About the Authors

Nima Gharib

Nima Gharib is a Research Associate for the Department of Materials Engineering at McGill University, Canada. He managed and led 4 different space projects in four years with collaboration with Canadian Space Agency on the Moon rover project. With the Neptec Design Group, he also led the Lunar Dust Characterization and Mitigation Payload design for the European Space Agency Lunar Lander program and collaborated on protection of LIDAR Navigation and Imaging Sensor against lunar dust. His current project is modelling microwave assisted rock breakage, and his previous projects include DEM/CFD modelling of mixing vessel, Knelson and Falcon concentrator; surface cleaning with electromagnetic waves; and particle sorting and separation with electrostatic forces.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Associate, Department of Materials Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Javad Farrokhi Derakhshandeh

Javad Farrokhi Derakhshandeh is an Assistant Professor at the American University of the Middle East (AUM), Kuwait. His research focuses on the Fluid dynamics and Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) problems. In particular, he studies Vortex-Induced Vibration (VIV) and Wake-Induced Vibration (WIV) phenomena in order to harness the kinetic energy of vortices.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, American University of the Middle East (AUM), Kuwait

Peter Radziszewski

Peter Radziszewski was an Associate Professor in Engineering Design at McGill University where he focused on the improvement of the design content of the individual courses in design as well as contributed to strengthening the general design curriculum of the undergraduate mechanical engineering program. In 2012, he became the VP Solutions Offering Development and at the end of 2017 he evolved to Product RTD for Consumables at Metso RTD.

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly Associate Professor, Engineering Design, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

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