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Deep Sea Research Lab

IPOCAMP pressurized vessel

We have two IPOCAMP vessels which may be used to study deep-sea life at pressures up to 300 bars (equivalent to 3000 m depth). The system is housed in the deep-sea holding room, but is also ship mountable.

  • Flow through from filtered seawater lines
  • Chambers are 19 L; 20 cm diameter, 60 cm height
  • Temperatures from 2 to 100 °C
  • 12 L / hour flow
  • Endoscope with camera, monitor and recorder as well as fibre optic light guides


The PICCEL system consists of two quick open reactors for the culture of minute organisms (cells, embryos) under pressure and flow-through conditions via a manual pump and a regulation line. The quick opening pressure vessels feature rapid cyclic operation with an O-ring seal. The system also includes a PRISM-type cell for microscopic observation of specimens while still held under pressure. It is possible to carry out different operations (renewal of water, sampling) without depressurizing the reactors.

  • Volume: 50 ml
  • Inside diameter: 30 mm
  • Inside length: 80 mm under the cover
  • Maximum allowable working pressure: 300 bars @ 100°C