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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, 25 April 2013

Ice rig frame is assembled

Once we finally got the aluminum plates back from the machine shop, it was all hands on deck to assemble the ice rig frame. Here Hannah and I tighten the unistrut base and assemble the frame.
Next came the tie rods, middle supporting beams and the top aluminum plate. Had to make sure everything was level and lubed up.
 A little while later, undergrad lab assistant Ben attached homemade brass bolts to which we will attach side plates (which the horizontal ram will need to push off of). He's hammering the top plate to get it in just the right position.