Geology Specimen Preparation Laboratory

The Geologic Preparation Laboratory is operated by Mr. Pike Holman in the basement floor of Lindley Hall. The laboratory provides sample preparation services to students, faculty, researches, and clients from the public and private sectors. Common services that are provided include petrographic thin/thick sections, epoxy grain mount, rock slabbing and polishing, and various other services to prepare samples for analysis. In addition to the services provides, the lab has equipment that can be used by students, staff, and faculty for research purposes. Some of the equipment includes: various saws, grinding wheels, lapping wheels, ovens, and vacuum chambers. Time in the lab and training can be arranged by the lab manager Mr. Pike Holman.

Aside from the older equipment, the lab recently acquired a Pelcon Automatic Thin Section machine. This machine allows one operator to create 10 to 30 thin sections per day while maintaining a high level of quality. The thin sections maintain a consistent and even thickness while minimize plucking and damage. The machine operates using 55x65mm and 90x65mm object glass, but specimens can easily be cut to more traditional 1x2” and 2x3” sizes on request.

The lab specializes in creating petrographic thin sections but also provides a multitude of services to prepare specimens for different analyses. Services include, but are not limited to: thin sections (unpolished, polished, doubly polished), epoxy grain mounts, slabbing, polishing, etc.

The lab recently acquired a Pelcon Automatic Thin Section machine that allows one operator to create 10 to 30 thin sections per day while maintaining a high level of quality. The created thin sections maintain a consistent and even thickness and minimizes plucking and damage. The machine operates using 55x65mm and 90x65mm object glass, but specimens can easily be cut to more traditional 1x2” and 2x3” sizes on request.

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