Thermal design

  • Haym Benaroya
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


The extreme thermal environment has been outlined earlier. The extreme temperatures (roughly 100 K – 400 K) affect the design of the structure, its material components, its electrical and electronic systems, and its control systems, and will require systems to maintain nominal temperatures inside the habitats. A parallel challenge is energy generation during the long lunar night. Possibilities include the use of nuclear power. Also explored is the storage of heat in the lunar soil during the day for extraction during the night. We outline the challenges and possibilities here briefly, and close with a thermal structural analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Haym Benaroya
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  1. 1.Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace EngineeringRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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