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Bulk Chemistry

Oxide Wt.%
SiO2 68.24
TiO2 0.06
Al2O3 1.40
FeO2O3 0.13
MgO 5.21
CaO 9.06
MnO 0.01
Na2O 13.4
K2O 1.07
P2O5 0.33
SO3 0.08
Total 98.99

Physical Properties

An extensive description of physical properties is given in Just, G. H. et al. (2020).

Property Value
Minimum bulk density (g/cm3) 1.05
Maximum bulk density (g/cm3) 1.44
Specific gravity 2.26

UoM-W University of Manchester White

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Simulant Name: University of Manchester White
Availability: May Be Available
Fidelity: Basic
Developed By: University of Manchester
Available From: N/A
Publications: Just, G. H. et al. (2020), Geotechnical Characterisation of Two New Low-Fidelity Lunar Regolith Analogues (UoM-B and UoM-W) for Use in Large-Scale Engineering Experiments. Acta Astronautica, in press.

UoM-W and the companion simulant UoM-B are two basic lunar simulants produced by the University of Manchester. The main constraint was finding a material available in large volumes for low cost, and the simulants are made from existing industrial materials. UoM-W (white) is made from something described as a "vitreous dust", which is crushed, dried and graded glass sand. From the bulk chemistry it is clear this is some kind of soda lime glass. The material was supplied by a UK company called "Specialist Aggregates", and other users may be able to purchase those same materials.