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The Need for Insulated Airlock


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Hello guys! (•ω•)

Airlocks are great to use, as you guys know.

However there’s one thing I hate: They made of metals. This thing is really a big problem in heat management unless you have a insulative chamber filled with insulative gases, this wastes lots of space.

And I hope to have insulative airlocks to hold the damn hot regolith after the bunker doors open, to avoid overheating the surface facilities caused by heat spread.

 

What do you guys think?

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This keeps on comming. I think they might implement an insulated airlock at some point just due to popular demand.

Lately i was thinking of carbon fiber as a replacement for steel. Would have much lower thermal conductivity. But that`s a discussion for a different topic. (thanks for reminding me)

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10 hours ago, Sasza22 said:

This keeps on comming. I think they might implement an insulated airlock at some point just due to popular demand.

Lately i was thinking of carbon fiber as a replacement for steel. Would have much lower thermal conductivity. But that`s a discussion for a different topic. (thanks for reminding me)

More variants for materials in general with unique properties is someting I want, since there’s a whole tab for Plastic, which is just Visco-gel and plastic.

Maybe a steel variant which works underwater? A plastic variant with really high decor values?  A plastic-metal mix that is repaired with only Reed fiber?

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I don’t think it’s necessary, but agree there is popular demand for this.

I have been creating air locks 4 wide, 4 high:

Insulated tile on the top and bottom, mechanized airlock on left and right, and two mini gas pumps in the middle. They usually run for a few seconds and then I have a vacuum between the two areas, perfect thermal barrier.

If heat is a problem, then just run radiant pipe behind it to cool the gas that enters.

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