GFZ German research centre for geo sciences

Rotating Multi-Anvil Press

A Rotating Multi-Anvil Press constructed by Max Voggenreiter GmbH is installed in the high-pressure hall of the GFZ. The apparatus consists of an 800 tons hydraulic press and a Walker-type multi-anvil module. The whole apparatus is rotatable by 360° perpendicular to the press axis. Schmidt and Ulmer (2004) demonstrated that by rotation it is possible to overcome common fluid/solid or melt/solid separation during high-pressure experiments. The press covers the pressure range 3.0-23.0 GPa, corresponding to earth's depths of circa 100-650 km, thus allowing the study of geomaterial properties and geochemical processes at mantle conditions.

Technical Specifications:

  • • 32-mm cubes WC
  • • TEL sizes 11, 8 and 5
  • • Prefabricated MgO Octahedra with Cr2O3
  • • Pressure range operated 3.5 - 23 GPa
  • • Typ C thermocouples
  • • Graphite and Rhenium-heater
  • • Temperature range operated up to 2000°C
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