The rock and ice mechanics lab at Lamont-Doherty is led by PIs Heather Savage, Christine McCarthy and Ben Holtzman. We are in the process of growing our lab and building our experimental program. Along with a team of postdocs, undergrads, grads, and longtime staff engineer Ted, we are rehabilitating and revamping some of the old equipment and building new rigs for exciting new experiments on both rock and ice. You can follow along with our progress here.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

a clean, well-lighted place to talk about rocks

Big addition to the lab yesterday: the facilities folks found us a table! I don't know where they found it, but it's new-ish, relatively clean, and can be wheeled around the lab easily. Today I came in to find a cute little plant in the middle of it. Now we have a place to sit around and plan the next step. Since our housecleaning is generally finished, it is time to start rehabilitating the testing machinery. First on the list is that rig in the center back. It is called a "biaxial" friction apparatus because it applies stress on the top and on one side, but there is no confining pressure.

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