Executing a QUICKpress experiment involves putting together a furnace assembly and inserting it into the cylinder core. This operation typically requires 5 to 15 minutes depending on the experience of the researcher. The QUICKpress can be stabilized at desired pressure and temperature conditions in another 5 to 10 minutes. Run durations range from several minutes to several days. Quenching the experiment and extraction of the sample requires a final 5 minutes.
The furnace assembly consists of a set of nested cylinders composed of Al2O3, NaCl, graphite and glass. A glass-sleeve furnace assembly is used for high-tempeature experiments (>1000 °C). Experiments conducted below this temperature employ a thicker salt cell that eliminates the glass sleeve from the furnace assembly.
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