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What's the greatest mechanical force we can achieve?

  1. Aug 19, 2015 #1
    hello everybody,

    just doing some general designing and was wondering what is the greatest mechanical force we can achieve already, in the form of a piston or a press. i am not to sure how, just want to know the value and how its achieved.
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  3. Aug 19, 2015 #2


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    Probably diamond-anvil press used for studying high pressure physics.


    These have been used to study pressures up to 6 million atmospheres. Of course, it is in a very small sample. But the cool thing is, since the anvil is a diamond, you can do spectroscopy through the anvil into the sample.

    It's pretty cool why I know about this. That's really me in my avatar picture, standing in front of a fusion research device. No I didn't work on the project, not directly. But work on a contract related to it got me a tour, hence a selfie.

    So this project needs to know about the equation of state of materials up to rather high pressures. And so I was able to look up, and refer them to, the book _High-Pressure Physics_ by John Loveday.


    That book describes a lot about this subject.
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