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Facility Description
Planetary and Experimental Petrology Laboratory (PEPL)

PEPL houses two presses (pressure up to about 30 GPa and T up to >2200degC). One press goes up to 4 GPa and allows working on cm-size samples, the other press goes up to about 30 GPa and allows working on mm-size samples. Both reach temperatures up to >2200degC. In situ and real time electrical measurements (impedance spectroscopy) can be performed while the sample is under pressure and temperature. Applications encompass Earth and planetary sciences and include material science and engineering. This lab offers the capability to prepare the starting samples for high-pressure experiments and the recovered samples for analyses. The available equipment is used to address the needs of SIO and UCSD users. More information is available at igppweb.ucsd.edu/~anpommier/.


Some equipment requires special training and/or providing necessary reagents/supplies.  Contact for use cost.

Type: Instrumentation
Recharge: No

Director: Anne Pommier
Contact: Anne Pommier
Website: http://igppweb.ucsd.edu/~anpommier/.

Instrument Development Group (IDG)

This is a successful and well-utilized recharge facility. Its main source of support is through glider and float (Argo) programs, but it does instrument development for individual PIs as its schedule/workload allows. Design, construction and operation of a range of oceanographic instruments including ones based on autonomous profiling floats and underwater gliders


Type: Engineering Support
Recharge: Yes

Director: Russ Davis/Dean Roemmich/Dan Rudnick
Contact: Jeffrey Sherman

COMPAS Shared Computer Facility

Primary Cluster for the SIO COMPASS Shared Computer Facility. Limited access.


access to small collegial group-housed in the COMPAS computing facility

Type:
Recharge: No

Director: Bruce Cornuelle
Contact: Bruce Cornuelle

Electromagnetic Research Facility (EMRF)

The EMRF is not so much a laboratory but a research setup located outdoors so as to avoid the electric and magnetic interference and vibrational disturbances commonly produced by standard laboratories. Designed and built to simulate the ambient electric and earth's magnetic fields present anywhere in the world's oceans in a large, land-based seawater tank. Facility offers a unique precision research tool no other Oceanographic Institution or Naval Research Laboratory in the world has available. It excels in featuring large ambient magnetic and electric fields, yet of great precision. The fields in the central cylindrical seawater observation tank can be smoothly varied in direction and strength, up to ten times natural. Moreover, the fields in the observation tank can also be nulled completely.


Type: Facility
Recharge: Yes

Director: Ad Kalmijn
Contact: Peter Baker

MPL R&D Machine Shop

The Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) Research and Development (R&D) Shop was established in 1946 to support seagoing scientific groups with the design and fabrication of specialized oceanographic research equipment. After almost 70 years, the MPL R&D Shop has significant experience in the design and fabrication of scientific devices in support of oceanographic projects including precision optical equipment, sonar housings, deep sea pressure cases, winches, heave compensators, research equipment deployment, boom fabrication and a variety of marine equipment support devices. TheShop also performs repairs on winches, cranes, hydraulic controls and a variety of special valves used in marine applications, as well as experience in construction, outfitting, deployment and maintaining sea buoys from 10 meters to 3 meters in diameter. In addition to all the fabrication and maintenance capabilities, the MPL shop handles all mooring operations for R/P FLIP during it's numerous research expeditions. TheShop, consisting of 18,000 square feet of both inside and outside space, has a wide variety of equipment from small precision machines to large shipyard type machinery, as well as an environmental test chamber, and special facilities for conducting equipment pressure tests, circuit board fabrication, and plastic potting. We also have 3D CAD/CAM programming capabilities for mills and lathes utilizing Mastercam 5X.


Type: Machine Shop
Recharge: Yes

Director: William Kuperman
Contact: Frank Biegler
Website: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/mpl/rd-machine-shop

CO2 in Seawater Measurement Facility

Access is provided to equipment in Dickson lab for the measurement of pH, total dissolved inorganic carbon and total alkalinity, and charges are levied (a) for training and (b) per sample run. The facility can also provide suitable sampling bottles, etc. for the collection of samples for CO2 in seawater properties, and will run such samples on behalf of others - at a cost.


1. The training on, and use of, instruments through recharge is only available to UCSD personnel;
2. Recharge for samples analyzed is available using UCSD Index numbers;
3. For non-UCSD analyses, the running of samples requires that an appropriate Service Contract be established.

Type: Facility
Recharge: Yes

Director: Andrew Dickson
Contact: Andrew Dickson

Modular Aerial Sensing System (MASS)

The MASS is a shared facility that is flown on leased aircraft. Data is collected from the various instruments in the system and provided to the "customer". To date work has been completed for Falk Feddersen and Sarah Giddings in several experiments, plus a researcher at UCSB.


Contact for cost arrangements.

Type: Instrumentation
Recharge: Yes

Director: K. Melville
Contact: Luc Lenain

Lagrangian Drifter Laboratory

This facility's primary activity consists of fabricating Lagrangian drifter array systems that consist of Surface Velocity Program (SVP) drifter buoys in various configurations. LDL also rents out a Wave Glider which can be piloted from shore using satellite communication.


Type: Engineering Support
Recharge: Yes

Director: Luca Centurioni
Contact: Luca Centurioni

Hydraulics Lab

The function of the Hydraulics Laboratory is to provide expertise, space, facilities, and equipment for physical and biological oceanographic research. The Hydraulics Laboratory offers many testing facilities including a wind-wave channel, three pressure testing vessels, a deep tank, and a temperature/pressure calibration facility. An on-site machine shop, welding equipment, fabrication tools, and the in house expertise to use them greatly enhance the capability of the laboratory to serve a wide variety of scientific projects and research. The Hydraulics Laboratory also maintains a small pool of field instruments that can be made available to researchers. Equipment: Wind Wave Channel, Glass Walled Wave Channel, Deep Tank (10m deep), Stratified Flow Channel, Pressure Test Chambers, Environmental Test Chamber (Volume: 1 m^3; Temperature range: -70 to 170 oC; Humidity control: 20 to 95% RH; Ambient pressure), Rotating Table Facility, Ocean Atmosphere Research Pressure Facility, Ocean Atmosphere Research Pool, field instruments, machining, welding, and fabrication resources.


Type: Facility
Recharge: Yes

Director: Grant Deane
Contact: Ken Duff
Website: http://hydraulicslab.ucsd.edu

Marine Sciences Development Center

The Marine Science Development Center (MSDC) specializes in the design, development, fabrication, and assembly of oceanographic, space, and general scientific hardware from minute laser components to large-scale integrated systems. MSDC serves SIO, UCSD, various other institutions, and the private sector. Truly a one stop shop, we offer our clients a wide range of services that include, but are not limited to, the following: Additive Manufacturing, Engineering, Machining, Fabrication in house and in the field, X-ray certified welding, Inspection, Assembly, Surface coating, High vacuum expertise and Field support, deep tank, wind wave channel, glass channel, 3 pressure testing chambers, temperature/pressure testing facility, 3D printer, high precision measuring instruments plus an array of welding, CNC, lathe and other machining equipment of various sizes. Call (858) 534-2940 with any inquiries.


Type: Machine Shop
Recharge: Yes

Director: Bruce Appelgate
Contact: Ken Duff
Website: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/msdc

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