Electrostatic Dust Mitigation and Manipulation Techniques for Planetary Dust

Electrostatic Dust Mitigation and Manipulation Techniques for Planetary Dust

1st Edition - August 18, 2022

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  • Authors: Nima Gharib, Javad Farrokhi Derakhshandeh, Peter Radziszewski
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128232552
  • 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 and compares currently available mitigation strategies
  • Highlights the problems from dust on various space systems and crew
  • Features discrete element models which were created and calibrated based on experimental results to study the capacity of the proposed technique for removing and cleaning dust in a planetary environment


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

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • 1. Lunar environment
  • 2. Martian environment
  • 3. Asteroids
  • 4. Summary
  • Chapter 2. Dust related problems
  • 1. Fine and charged dust particles
  • 2. Dust challenges
  • 3. Future plan
  • Chapter 3. Fundamentals of electrodynamics
  • 1. Introduction to electrostatics of particles
  • 2. Electric charge
  • 3. Coulomb's law and electric field
  • 4. Continues charge distributions
  • 5. Field lines, flux, and Gauss's law
  • 6. Electric potential
  • 7. Comments on potential
  • 8. Work in electrostatics
  • 9. Ohm's law
  • 10. Electromotive force
  • 11. Faraday's law
  • Chapter 4. Dust mitigation techniques
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Particles removal approaches and mechanisms
  • Chapter 5. Charging techniques and measurements
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Effective parameters on dust mitigation measurements
  • 3. Dust charging measurements and strategies
  • 4. Summary
  • Chapter 6. Particle handling with electrostatic force
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Mitigation of dust adhesion
  • 3. Sampling of regolith
  • 4. Utilization of regolith
  • Chapter 7. Analytical and numerical modeling
  • 1. Forces applied on the particles
  • 2. Electric and potential fields
  • 3. Particles trajectory
  • 4. Screened Coulomb force
  • 5. Electric curtain modeling
  • 6. Summary
  • Chapter 8. Summary
  • Appendices
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 272
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: August 18, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128232552
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128219751

About the Authors

Nima Gharib

Nima Gharib is a former Assistant Professor and McGill graduate. He has been a space enthusiast and studied dust mitigation techniques experimentally and numerically for years. He received an award from the Canadian Space Agency for his article on dust mitigation. He is now consulting on combining different numerical methods (CFD, FEM and DEM) to model and optimise multidisciplinary problems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Javad Farrokhi Derakhshandeh

Javad Farrokhi Derakhshandeh is an Associate Professor at the American University of the Middle East. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide in Australia in the field of Mechanical Engineering. His research mainly focuses on renewable energy, FSI problems, and CFD analysis. He is the author/co-author of several high-ranking journals articles in Ocean Engineering, Physics of Fluids, and Journal of Tribology (ASME), among others.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Peter Radziszewski

Peter Radziszewski is a former Associate Professor in Engineering Design at McGill University who pursued R&D and teaching activities in design and mineral processing. Joining Metso in 2012 as VP Solutions Offering Development, his conceptual design efforts encompassed mineral processes equipment as well as wear and consumables. In 2021, he joined Rampart Detection Systems as VP Research and Innovation.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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