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Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar

  • 50 mm diameter: aluminium, titanium and steel bars
  • rate-dependent dynamic deformation of rocks at strain rates up to 103 sec-1

Triaxial press

  • Description
  • FORM + TEST Alpha 2-3000 S, 3000 kN axial load, 150 MPa, 200°C heating
  • Brittle and ductile deformation experiments

Analogue tectonic: Thermomechanics

  • Deformation apparatus after Hofmann
  • Velocityt 8 to 40 µm/s
  • Temperature: up to 150°C at bottom, 20 to 80°C at the surface

Analogue tectonic: Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)

  • LaVision, 2 sCMOS cameras 5.5 MPx, 50 Hz
  • 2D and 3D strain software

White light interferometer (WLI)

  • Bruker Contour GT K0
  • vertical resolution: 3 nm

Scanning Electron Microscope

  • Zeiss DSM 960 with EDX (Link/Oxford "ISIS")
  • Zeiss LEO 1525 with EBSD

Microscope Laboratory (12 work stations)

  • Leica and Zeiss polarization microscope including digital image processing
  • Universal Stage


  • 16 workstations 
  • Optional Windows or Linux
  • Standard software
  • Special Geo-software (Petrel, PetroMod2D, ANSYS, SiroVision, FracMan, EFLOW, Visual Modflow and more)
  • Colour scanner, laser printer for up to  DIN A3 size at the institute, poster size plot at the Computer Center (2 minutes walk only)
  • Workstation cluster

Applied Geophysics

  • 2D Geoelectric, 48 electrodes
  • 24 channel - hammerscale-seismics
  • Proton magnetometer (gradiometer)

Rock preparation

  • Thin section (Logitech lapping und polishing machines, Conrad saws)
  • Grinding
  • Polishing machines (Buehler grinding and buffing tables)
  • Grain sampling

Sample preparation

  • Jaw crushing machine
  • Grain sieving machines
  • Magnetic separator (Frantz)

Geochemical Laboratory

  • Micropaleontologic sample preparation (HF-vent)
  • Staining of carbonates, feldspars etc.
  • Gravity separation
  • Decomposition processing

Field Equipment

  • Core hole drilling machine for 40 to 120 mm diameter
  • Soil probing drills including pulling device (Dr. Puerckhauer)
  • Geological compasses, GPS receivers, altitude meters