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Force Equipment

Four major pieces of equipment, specialized space for installation, operation, and staff support.

A 6000 ton press that will allow very large samples to be produced for a wide array of measurements and observations that cannot be made on smaller samples.

A state-of-the art high pressure gas apparatus for treating samples at up to 1 GPa (gigapascal) pressure to be used for studies of Earth and planetary crustal and upper mantle environments, for preparing starting materials for the larger presses, and for materials science and discovery.

A cubic press that will have two major functions: In a single-stage mode: rapid synthesis of large samples from 1-7 GPa, and rapid pressure-temperature studies in the same region. In a double-stage mode: detailed work in the 30-100 GPa range that current large-volume capabilities have not yet reached.

A torsional device for studying material behavior and phase transitions caused by strain.

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