Merit

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Ocean-going Laboratory for the the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

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Extreme conditions. Complex problem. Simple solution.

  • Prefabricated in our 270,000m² offsite factory
  • Mobile research laboratory for the RRS Sir David Attenborough
  • Ambient temperatures range from -20°C (saturated) to +35°C (80% RH).

Merit was awarded the contract for the design and construction of specialised modular laboratory containers for the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

Three laboratories are required including:

Radionuclide laboratory

The design criteria for this laboratory is:

  • Required range for a set temperature inside the container to be between 10°C and 25°C.
  • Normal control range 18/25°C +/- 2K.
  • Ambient temperatures range from -20°C (saturated) to +35°C (80% RH).
  • Air infiltration 1.2m³/min
  • Three occupants (light bench work)
  • Heat load needs to be calculated based on the equipment provided by supplier.
  • Maximum fresh water temperature (cooling water) is 32°C.
  • Cooling duty is to be calculated to allow for the discharge of air by the installed fume cupboard.
  • Container insulated to 0.4W/m²K
  • Ensure that the specification for the Air Handling System and Insulation properties of the container meets the requirements for a polar environment.

Ultra clean chemistry laboratory

The design criteria for this laboratory is:

  • Range for a set temperature inside the container to be between 10°C and 25°C.
  • Normal control range 18/25°C +/- 2K.
  • Ambient temperatures range from -20°C (saturated) to +35°C (80% RH).
  • Air infiltration 1.2m³/min
  • Three occupants (light bench work)
  • Heat generation as per Radionuclide.
  • Maximum freshwater temperature (cooling water) is 32°C.
  • Container insulated to 0.4W/m²K

Experimental transport aquarium container

The design criteria for this laboratory is:

  • Required range for a set temperature inside the container to be between -5°C and 25°C.
  • Normal control range -1/1°C +/- 2K.
  • Ambient temperatures range from -20°C (saturated) to +35°C (80% RH).
  • Air infiltration 1.2m³/min
  • Maximum seawater temperature (cooling water) is 32°C.

Average lead times

Each container will take 4 to 6 months to produce depending on design criteria.