Molybdenum Hafnium-Carbide pressure vessel assemblies
Currently, two pressure vessel assemblies are operational and the third one is under construction.
Some of the highlights are:
- Achievable pressure and temperature up to 300 MPa and 1150 oC
- In-house built furnaces designed to minimize temperature gradients (≤12 oC over 2 cm capsule length)
- The furnace-vessel assembly is on a rotating axis allowing rapid drop quenching as well as in situ fracturing of quartz during the experiment for fluid inclusion synthesis
- Water-cooled coupling to a cold steel vessel extension allowing for instant quenching
- Set up for admixing precise amounts of hydrogen into the argon pressure medium to impose desired fO2 or prolong the lifetime of redox buffers (200 MPa pressure limit on this assembly)
- Pressure and temperature logging
- Safe removal of the hot vessel from the furnace after quenching allowing for short wait time between experiments
- Robust, pressure leak-free design
Other experimental petrology equipment
In addition, we have access to Inconel 917 and Rene41 cold-seal pressure vessels, two piston cylinder apparatuses, high temperature box furnaces and two gas mixing furnaces in Prof. James Brenan’s experimental laboratory and an induction furnace in Prof. Grant Henderson’s laboratory.