Renishaw inVia micro-Raman spectrometer
The micro-Raman (acquired 2007) is equipped with a reflected and a transmitted light microscope. It's useful for chemical identification, characterization of molecular structures, effects of bonding, environment and stress on a sample.
It can rapidly distinguish mineral polymorphs (e.g., kyanite, sillimanite). A micro-precision sample stage permits long-duration mapping.
The micro-Raman is housed and operated by the Planetary and Space Science Centre (PASSC). Contact Dr. Suporn Boonsue for more information: 506-453-4593 or Email Suporn.
Hitachi SU-70 Field Emission Gun (FEG) SEM
The Field Emission Gun Scanning Electron Microscope (FEG SEM), which was acquired in 2008, can perform ultra-high resolution scanning electron microscopy at the nanometre scale as well as materials characterization.
The Schottky thermal emitter can produce not only ultra-high resolution images (1.0 nm/15kV, 1.6nm/l kV), but also facilitate a wide variety of analytical capabilities.
The Electron BackScatter Diffraction (EBSD) detector allows crystallographic information to be obtained from samples (crystal orientation, fabrics, crystal structure).
The Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS) can determine the chemical composition of materials. The Field Emission Gun (FEG) SEM is housed and operated by the Planetary and Space Science Centre (PASSC). Contact Dr. Suporn Boonsue for more information: 506-453-4593 or Email Suporn.
High-speed Impact Research and Technology Facility (HIRT)
PASSC’s High-speed Impact Research and Technology (HIRT) facility is an off-campus research unit , that currently comprises three launch systems and associated diagnostics equipment operated by a staff of four: three engineers and an operations technician under the leadership of Dr John Spray. The purpose of the HIRT facility is to provide high-speed impact test and research capabilities for academic, government and private sector partners
To date, our ballistics projects have included working with Bombardier Aerospace in refining bird strike models for impact damage on aircraft leading edges, testing materials used to protect people and infrastructure from high-speed projectiles, evaluating bumper shields for spacecraft, and collaborating with the Department of National Defence Canada in developing novel ultra-high-speed launch technologies.
The HIRT facility also performs high-fidelity computer simulations of high-speed impact damage and shock effects in materials. Student engagement is welcomed, with graduate and undergraduate students being involved in ongoing projects. Our facility collaborates with European partners in exploring rail gun technology development and applications, as well as with other impact facilities in the USA. In addition, the HIRT team has ongoing liaisons with academic partners in Canadian and US universities.
Our equipment includes a 25.4 cm diameter Foreign Object Damage (FOD) gun, which can launch up to 8 kg masses to over 100 m/s, and smaller masses up to 250 m/s (subsonic). This is primarily for aerospace sector R&D.
A hybrid single- and two-stage light gas gun can launch up to 1 kg projectiles to 1.5 km/s (single-stage configuration) and smaller masses (15 g total) to 8 km/s (two-stage configuration). The light gas gun is entirely light gas powered (hydrogen, helium or nitrogen). This gun is primarily for the testing and development of space- and ground-vehicle shielding technologies, as well as for investigating shock wave-target interactions in planetary materials. The target materials can be impacted under near vacuum conditions if required (e.g., for space applications).
If you are interested in working with the HIRT facility on specific research topics, enquiries should be directed to Dr John Spray (506 453-3550 or Email John).