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Major Research Facilities

FacilityWorksAvailComments
Internally Heated TestLoop For PWRs (IHTFP)Currently running third generation Exelon and Statoil/Equinor anti-fouling coatings
The Snake Pit (Computing Cluster)Check real-time cluster status here
Transient Grating Spectroscopy (TGS) System
Metallurgical Sample Preparation Station
Pellet Press
Centorr Arc Melter
Vacuum AFM with Argon Cleaning
Mettler-Toledo Flash DSC-1 (nanoDSC)
Zeiss NVision 40 SEM/FIBNew Ga ion source installed, awaiting a sticky valve and goofy ion beam scan board. SEM part is good to go!

Internally Heated TestLoop For PWRs (IHTFP)
Status: Operational, In Use
Comments: Currently running third generation Exelon and Statoil/Equinor anti-fouling coatings
Stewards: Max Carlson
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Facility Description: The IHTFP simulates all the conditions inside a pressurized water reactor (PWR), except the radiation. It is used to grow CRUD (porous corrosion deposits) in realistic conditions, and study the growth rate in-situ.

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The Snake Pit (Computing Cluster)
Status: Operational, Available
Comments: Check real-time cluster status here
Stewards: Miaomiao Jin
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Facility Description: Our groups has a PSSC Labs computing cluster for performing multiphysics finite element, molecular dynamics, density functional theory, and MATLAB calculations. It currently has 8 nodes (plus the head node), with 12 cores per node for a total of 140 cores, and 4GB RAM per core.

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Transient Grating Spectroscopy (TGS) System
Status: Operational, Available
Stewards: Cody Dennett, Benjamin Dacus
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Facility Description: Our LSAW system, inspired mainly by a similar setup in the Nelson Group at MIT, induces transient surface Rayleigh waves using two lasers, interference patterns, transient diffraction gratings, and heterodyne diffraction signal amplification. We are using our LSAW system to characterize and deconvolute the effects of separate modes of radiation damage, in support of a new fundamental unit of radiation damage measurement.

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Metallurgical Sample Preparation Station
Status: Operational, Available
Stewards: Samuel McAlpine, Weiyue Zhou

Facility Description: Our metallurgical sample preparation station consists of the following:
  • A low-speed diamond saw, for precise, deformation-free sectioning of materials
  • Mounting equipment, to encase samples in moulds of both epoxy and Bakelite
  • A pneumatically driven auto-polishing machine with central and single force applicability, for grinding and polishing samples to a mirror finish

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    Pellet Press
    Status: Operational, Available
    Stewards: Samuel McAlpine

    Facility Description: The Carver Pellet Press allows one to create mostly dense pellets for melting from powders. It is equipped with a vacuum pump to help reduce porosity and remove trapped gases. The press can apply 18,000 pounds of force to a 13mm diameter pellet. This is usually used just before arc melting.

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    Centorr Arc Melter
    Status: Operational, Available
    Stewards: Samuel McAlpine
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    Facility Description: The Centorr Arc Melter uses a single tungsten electrode and a TIG welder power supply to melt anything, literally anything, in excess of 3500C. Samples up to 25g in weight can be melted, either from pieces or pressed powder pellets.

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    Vacuum AFM with Argon Cleaning
    Status: Operational, Available
    Comments:
    Stewards: Max Carlson
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    Facility Description: We are modifying a NanoMagnetics ezAFM AQUA to be housed in a vacuum chamber, along with an argon sputtering gun to clean specimens before performing force spectroscopy. Measurements can be taken in vacuum, air, inert gases, or any gaseous environment up to one atmosphere of pressure. Argon cleaning by sputtering and subsequent AFM can be performed on the samples without breaking vacuum.

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    Mettler-Toledo Flash DSC-1 (nanoDSC)
    Status: Operational, Available
    Comments:
    Stewards: Charlie Hirst
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    Facility Description: A nanoscale differential scanning calorimeter (nanoDSC) capable of heating rates up to 40,000 K/s, and cooling rates of 4,000 K/s. Temperature range from -90 to 450 Celsius. Uses FlashDSC MEMS chips.

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    Zeiss NVision 40 SEM/FIB
    Status: Operational, Under Repair
    Comments: New Ga ion source installed, awaiting a sticky valve and goofy ion beam scan board. SEM part is good to go!
    Stewards: Charlie Hirst
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    Facility Description: A dual-beam SEM/FIB with an Omniprobe liftout system. Deposits Pt, C, H2O, SiO2. Ga-ion focused ion beam (FIB) system. EDX capability can be added on.

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    Our Major Affiliations: MIT-SUTD International Design Centre (IDC) Dept. of Nuclear Science & Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology