Improper disassembly of the ducted temperature and conductivity sensors (in SBE 25 and SBE 9plus systems) while removing them for calibration can result in a broken conductivity cell. These instructions guide you through the process of removing the sensors from the system for shipment to Sea-Bird for calibration.
The conductivity cell and the temperature probe are very fragile. Both the installation and removal procedures require slow, deliberate movements to avoid breaking the temperature or conductivity sensor. Therefore, Sea-Bird recommends that you perform these procedures in a lab, not on deck.
The conductivity and temperature sensors (the conductivity sensor has a glass cell and the temperature sensor has a probe) are attached by a bracket and by plastic tubing called a TC Duct. The plastic (Delrin) TC Duct comes in two pieces: a T-Duct that fits inside the temperature sensor guard over the sensor probe, and a C-Duct that fits into the conductivity cell end. The two duct pieces are joined with flexible plastic (Tygon) tubing to form the TC Duct assembly.
The TC Duct is designed to fit the SBE 3 Temperature Sensor and the SBE 4 Conductivity Sensor used on the SBE 25 Sealogger CTD and the SBE 9plus CTD.
For sensor shipment and calibration, the C Duct must be disconnected from the T Duct and removed from the conductivity cell. Note that the temperature sensor should be shipped with the temperature sensor guard, which includes the installed T Duct.
- Unscrew the locking sleeves from the temperature and conductivity sensor cable connectors by hand. If you must use a wrench or pliers, be careful not to loosen the bulkhead connector instead of the locking sleeve.
- Remove the cable connector from each sensor by pulling the connector firmly away from the sensor.
- Remove the quick-release plug from the conductivity cell.
- Remove the two 9/16 inch hex head aluminum bolts that secure the mounting bracket to the CTD’s end cap. Remove the mounting bracket from the CTD.
- Rinse the conductivity cell with clean, de-ionized water.
- Drain and gently blow-dry the conductivity cell.
When re-installing the TC Duct, follow the instructions in reverse. Position the temperature sensor housing in such a way as to align the T Duct with the C Duct so when the temperature sensor guard is rotated toward the installed C Duct, the T Duct will mate correctly.
We appreciate the extra time you take for the proper care and calibration of the sensors. With special care, your sensors will enjoy a long life in research.
Last modified: 26 Dec 2012
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