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.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

A little nip and tuck

Now that the rig has been placed in its permanent position and the unistrut table has been bolted down to the concrete pier, it's time to address the elephant in the room. Let's talk about that rat's nest of wires.
Yeah I'm talking about you.
First thing we did was to systematically tackle each wire and cut it to the length it needed to be.
Then all the gray component wires (those going to the LVDTs and Load Cells) were tucked into this plastic housing and attached to the back edge of the lower plate. (That the channel housing is the same thickness as the plate was rather satisfying).
Then the wires coming out were wrapped in fancy black plastic. We are talking next level organization here.
Isn't this the tidiest thing you've ever seen?
No need to stop there. The chiller hoses needed to also make a clean profile. 
They carry a methanol/water mixture from the programmable chiller in the next room to the cryostat.
Looking good!

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