On 16 November 2017, RSES will be celebrating the 50th Birthday of Rig 1, our first high temperature high pressure rock deformation apparatus. This machine was developed in-house by Professor Mervyn Paterson and marked a major global advance in the ability to measure and understand the strength, rheology and behavior of earth materials at pressures and temperatures equivalent to depths of 20km in the crust. Fifty years on, these gas medium apparatus remain relevant and still achieve unsurpassed mechanical accuracy at high pressure-temperature conditions. With newly developed, high speed measurement technology, current research aims to unravel the secrets of earthquake initiation at realistic mid crustal-conditions. Read more about the life of Mervyn Paterson and the history Rig 1 at https://oncirculation.com/2017/10/24/rig-1s-50th-birthday-party-celebrating-50-years-rock-deformation-research-at-rses/ .
The up-coming Birthday Party will celebrate not only the history of this machine but also to showcase its exciting future. Former lab users and guests will be coming from around the world to mark the occasion. We will be having a series of seminars with talks given by our visitors and current lab users. The day will start with tours of the High-Pressure Rock Physics Laboratory followed by a School morning tea. Details of the seminar program will be posted shortly. Everyone is very welcome to attend. For further details please contact either Stephen Cox or Kathryn Hayward.