The first shipment of parts for our two new end-loaded piston cylinders arrived today from Rockland Research Corp! This first shipment contains the four pressure vessels, which contain the high-pressure experiments and keep them at the high pressures of planetary interiors. This also contains the stack components for the piston cylinders, which are all of the spacers and alignment pieces that ensure that everything stays straight and where its supposed to be. There will be a number of future deliveries before we're ready to go. Next up will be the automatic temperature and pressure control systems before the presses themselves arrive later!
See what's been going on in the University of Florida Planetary Geochemistry group!