ESF project support comes under four categories:
1) New Funded Grants:
The ESF supports researchers in planning proposals that will utilize ESF capabilities. For funded grants, the support should ideally begin at the early proposal stage. In consultation with the researcher, ESF can suggest practical and creative ways of obtaining and recording the desired data.
2) Support for Ongoing Funded Programs:
The Engineering Support Facility has personnel and experience to repair and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment. In some cases, the existing laboratory instruments need some custom enhancements or adaptations for the particular science in view. ESF has experience going back over 35 years in custom modifications and enhancements to existing instruments.
3) Machine Shop:
The ESF has a well-equipped machine shop and an expert instrument maker.
4) Pressure Test Facilities:
The ESF operates a hydraulic pressure test vessel that can test pressure cases from 15 to 10,000 psia, with electronic feed-thru capability. The test vessel can accommodate objects up to 30 inches in outside diameter by 13 feet length.
"The ESF personnel have special areas of expertise that can be helpful to SOEST programs. Currently, there are two senior electrical engineers, an
electronic technician, a machinist and a shop assistant. Facilities include
computers, large-format printers, CAD software, offices, staging areas,
electronics shops, and a fully equipped machine shop, with storage for various electronics parts, construction materials and time-sensitive deployment systems."
"The ESF has a well-equipped machine shop and an expert instrument maker. The machine shop has a HAAS vertical machining center with a 40" x 20"x25"
bed. Complex shapes can be machined from direct programmed input from the drawings. There are four lathes capable of handling a wide variety of tasks; some can handle objects up to 12 inches in diameter and up to 48 inches length. The ESF instrument maker has extensive experience in machining titanium pressure cases and end-caps for long-term deployment in the deep ocean. In addition, we can weld and bend tubular titanium frames for instrument assemblies. We also have experience in fabrication in a variety of other materials."
"The ESF operates a hydraulic pressure test vessel that can test pressure cases from 15 to 10,000 psia, with electronic feed-thru capability. The test vessel can accommodate objects up to 30 inches in outside diameter by 13 feet length."