We have a simulation chamber that can be pumped down and chilled to simulate flow-through in Mars-like conditions.
Mars has been subject to a range of climatic and hydrological conditions throughout its history. The UKCA at Edinburgh has developed apparatus that allows us to simulate these conditions in the laboratory.
The planetary simulation facility can simulate pressure, temperature, UV illumination and has the facility to regulate the atmospheric gas composition by means of gas mass flow controllers.
Uniquely, the chamber has been designed with the ability to flow fluids into and out of replicated internal vessels for experiments on e.g. abiotic/biotic rock weathering rates. Historically, highly acidic, saline brines are thought to have existed on Mars and the simulation chamber has been designed with this in mind, using inert components for wetted parts where possible.
|Condition||Lower Limit||Upper Limit|
|Pressure||1 mbar||1 bar|