Researchers have developed fully usable Martian concrete using only materials found on the red planet, which will render the construction of a colony far easier.
If you’ve ever dreamed of building your own home-away-from home on Mars, your vision is one step closer to reality: a team of researchers involved in NASA’s 3D-printed Mars habitat challenged have produced Martian concrete from materials found only on the planet.
The practicality of constructing a settlement on Mars’ surface has always been dubious due to the fact that building materials would both be weighty and incredible expensive to transport via a rocket system.
Instead, a team of researchers and contestants lead by Professor Gianluca Custis at the Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering have developed a concrete which can exclusively be made from materials found on Mars; primarily molten sulphur, which is plentiful upon the planet.
Concrete made from molten sulphur has previously been suggested as applicable for construction on a Lunar base, as well.
The Martian concrete bring with it several advantages over normal concrete, in that it takes only two-to-three hours to fully set, as opposed to the normal figure of 28, and is highly corrosion resistant.
The team are still investigating means of fireproofing the concrete, which is far more susceptible to fire than regular concrete. The paper detailing the creation of the material has been submitted to the journal Construction and Building Materials.
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