Labs & Equipment

HEALY is outfitted with six primary laboratories, refrigerated science spaces, two climate control spaces, and a number of assembly and staging areas. The spaces listed below are diagramed in the following links depicting the main deck science spaces and the 01 deck spaces.

The following sensitive power type is provided to the science labs: 120 VAC, 60 Hz, Type I 230 VAC, 60 Hz, Type I 120 VAC, 60 Hz, Type I with surge & spike suppression.

Aft Science Staging Area

The aft science staging area is located portside aft of the Main Science Lab. It has a 10-foot by 17 foot opening equipped with a roller curtain door on one side. It provides for the interior storage (all but small part of van end) an ISO 20-foot van. The area has an upper level grated platform that opens onto the 01 level. The deck is provided with deck socket tie down fittings. Access to Main Lab is via weather deck.

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Starboard Science Staging Area

The science staging area, compartment number 1-123-1-Q, is a bay encompassing two deck levels, providing a clear vertical height of 23 feet and approximately 325 square feet of deck area. It is equipped with an overhead traveling/bridge crane, capable of handling arrays 12 feet high and 7 feet in diameter. It has direct access to the starboard working deck and "A" frame, and both the wet lab and the dry assembly area through 72" wide by 78" high openings, which are free of coamings. Access to the grating associated with the overhead bridge crane on the upper level of the bay is available through the science conning station and lab expansion space ("future lab") on the 01 level. The science staging area is equipped with drains for washing down of equipment, and a roller curtain door (10 feet wide by 17 feet high) to the over-the-side handling area and "A" frame. It is also equipped with one worktop with steel sink and a gas bottle storage rack (ten bottles).

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Science Wet Lab

The Science Wet Lab, compartment number 1-117-1-Q, has a deck area of approximately 390 square feet. The Wet Lab has access to the Science Freezer, Science Refrigerator, Biological/Chemical Analysis Lab (through a vestibule), over-the-side Handling Area, Science Staging Area and the Main Lab. It is provided with deck drains for wash down and has the following furniture, cabinets and equipment:

  1. 1 - 72" worktop with steel tub sink, with outlets for hot/cold potable water, science sea water and distilled water
  2. 1 - 96" worktop with double steel sink, with outlets for hot/cold potable water and science sea water
  3. 1 - Upright 20 cuft freezer (available on request)
  4. 1 - Upright 20 cuft refrigerator (available on request)
  5. 1 - Ventilator Hood, over one worktop
  6. 1 - Storage boxes for Citrate bottles
  7. 1 - Book rack
  8. Bulkhead storage cabinets (available on request)

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Biological / Chemical Analysis Lab

The biological/chemical analysis lab, compartment number 1-105-3-Q, has approximately 310 square feet of deck area. The lab is provided with hot/cold potable water, distilled water, filtered oil-free air, uncontaminated seawater and seawater. Access to the climate controlled chambers, wet lab and weatherdeck is provided through vestibules. Furniture and equipment include:

  1. 1 - Liquid Scintillation Counter
  2. 1 - Automatic Salinometer
  3. 1 - Desk
  4. 1 - Worktop, with sink
  5. 1 - File cabinet, type B
  6. 1 - Flourometer
  7. 1 - ThermoSalinograph
  8. 1 - Vortex de-Bubbler
  9. 1 - Water Purifier/De-ionizer
  10. 1 - Fume Hood

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Main Science Lab

The Main Science Lab, compartment number 1-117-0-Q, has a deck area of approximately 1233 square feet. It features unistrut fixtures in counters and racks for maximum flexibility. All counter tops are made of one inch plywood. From the Main Lab, immediate access is available to the hazardous materials locker, wet lab, dry assembly area, aft working deck and three science working vans. The Main Lab is equipped with:

  1. 1 - 72" worktop with steel tub sink, with outlets for hot/cold potable water, science sea water, and distilled water.
  2. 1 - Book rack
  3. 3 - File cabinets
  4. Bulkhead storage cabinets

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Climate Controlled Chambers (2)

Climate Controlled Chambers No. 1 (1-105-1-Q) and No. 2 (1-113-1-Q), each have 103 square feet of deck area. Entry to both chambers is through a 75 square foot vestibule located between them, which is accessed from the biological/chemical analysis Lab.

Both chambers are independently capable of operating as either a cold room or warm room. The temperature range for both chambers is from -10 degrees to +35 degrees Celsius, with a tolerance of ±1 degree Celsius.

Humidity is controlled over the range of 20 percent to 95 percent relative humidity, with a tolerance of ±5 percent, when chamber temperatures are above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

The HVAC control system for the chambers provides filtered air and includes alarms for abnormal conditions. Temperature and humidity data is fed to the science data network

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Science Freezer

The Science Freezer, compartment number 1-117-2-A, shown in Figures 5-2 and 5-3, has approximately 266 square feet of deck area and is used to store core samples of various sizes, at a constant temperature of -18 degrees Celsius.

Nominally set to min -17.8, max -16.1 degC (Alarm -4F low and +5F in MPCMS)

The freezer is accessed from the Wet Lab and is capable of storing cores in one of the following configurations:

  1. 200 cores - 15 feet long, 3.5 inches in diameter, 105 pounds each, stored horizontally
  2. 240 cores - 5 feet long, 6 inches in diameter, 115 pounds each, stored vertically, on end
  3. 20 cores - 1 foot by 1 foot by 3 feet long, 115 pounds each, stored vertically, on end.

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Science Refrigerator

The science refrigerator, compartment number 1-114-0-A, has approximately 169 square feet of deck area. It is accessed from the Main Lab.

Nominally set to min 0.5, max 1.6 degC (33-35F) (Alarm +/-10F (Low 25C and High 45C) Alarms can be set)

Caution - Both of these boxes have coil defrost cycles that require coils to be heated to melt any frost. Any time the coils are heated to melt the ice, there will be heat admitted to the space which will raise the temp.

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