B. R. Tittmann

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Recent work has shown that the removal of small traces of absorbed volatiles remaining in nominally dry terrestrial analogs of lunar basalt drastically increase the internal friction quality factor Q. Now room temperature Q values above 2000 have been obtained by removal of these volatiles in high vacuum at elevated tempertures. Removal of trace volatiles increases Q in a qualitatively similar way at 15 kHz and 75 kHz but the maximum Q values were obtained at the lower frequency. Studies using a porous glass showed that strong outgassing also produces a substantial increase in Q in a material differing drastically in matrix composition and pore size and shape. Frequency dependence data strongly suggest that the effect of trace volatiles will be important at seismic frequencies. The authors results are used in conjunction with Q values deduced from lunar seismic data to infer that no more than the order of 10 cm equivalent of water can be trapped in the upper 25 km of the moon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1974
EventUltrason Symp, Proc - Milwaukee, WI, USA
Duration: Nov 11 1974Nov 14 1974


OtherUltrason Symp, Proc
CityMilwaukee, WI, USA

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    Tittmann, B. R. (1974). INTERNAL FRICTION IN LUNAR ROCKS AND TERRESTRIAL ROCKS.. 509-513. Paper presented at Ultrason Symp, Proc, Milwaukee, WI, USA, .