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The SBE 37-SI MicroCAT is a high-accuracy conductivity and temperature (pressure optional) sensor with Serial Interface, which includes a non-volatile FLASH memory. Externally powered, it is useful as a stand-alone monitoring device, and is easily integrated with current meters, ROVs, AUVs, towed sonars, and other instrumentation platforms. Constructed of titanium and other non-corroding materials to ensure long life with minimum maintenance, the MicroCAT's depth capability is 7000 meters (23,000 feet); it is also available with an optional 350-meter plastic ShallowCAT housing.
Calibration coefficients are stored in EEPROM, allowing the MicroCAT to output data in ASCII engineering units (decimal or XML format); raw output is also available. The data always includes Conductivity, Temperature, and (optional) Pressure; users can choose to add any combination of time, sound velocity (Chen-Millero), salinity, depth, and density.
SENSORS AND SENSOR INTERFACE ELECTRONICS
The MicroCAT retains the temperature and conductivity sensors used in our time-proven SeaCAT and SeaCATplus products. Electrical isolation of the conductivity electronics eliminates any possibility of ground-loop noise. The MicroCAT’s unique internal-field conductivity cell permits the use of expendable anti-foulant devices. The aged and pressure-protected thermistor has a long history of exceptional accuracy and stability.
The optional strain-gauge pressure sensor is available in eight ranges, from 0 - 20 meters to 0 - 7000 meters. Compensation of the temperature influence on pressure offset and scale is performed by the MicroCAT's CPU.
Temperature is acquired by applying an AC excitation to a hermetically sealed VISHAY reference resistor and an ultra-stable aged thermistor (drift rate typically less than 0.002 °C per year). The ratio of thermistor resistance to reference resistance is determined by a 24-bit A/D converter; this A/D also processes the pressure sensor signal. Conductivity is acquired using an ultra-precision Wien-Bridge oscillator.
COMMUNICATIONS AND INTERFACING
The MicroCAT communicates directly with a computer via a standard serial interface. Real-time data can be transmitted at distances of up to 1600 meters (5200 feet) at 600 baud (power considerations may limit the distance), simultaneous with recording. Data can be uploaded at up to 115.2K baud. Firmware upgrades can be downloaded through the communications port by the user, without opening the instrument. An optional RS-485 interface allows multiple MicroCATs to share a common 4-wire cable (power, common, data +, data -), minimizing cable complexity for C-T chains.
User-selectable operating modes include:
- Continuous sampling at the fastest rate possible (1.0 second minimum without pressure)
- Interval sampling at intervals of 6 seconds to 6 hours.
The MicroCAT is supplied with a powerful Windows 2000/XP software package, Seasoft© V2, which includes:
to 7 S/m
(0 to 70 mS/cm)
± 0.0003 S/m
|-5 to 35||± 0.002||0.0002 per month||0.0001|
20 / 100 / 350 /
1000 / 2000 / 3500 / 7000 m
(Expressed in meters of deployment depth capability)
|± 0.1% of full scale range||0.05% of full scale range per year||0.002% of full scale range|
Clock Stability: 5 seconds/month
Memory: 8 Mbyte; capacity in excess of 530,000 samples
Input Power: 0.5 Amps at 8.5 - 24 VDC
Quiescent Current: 30 microamps *
Communication Current: 4.3 milliamps *
Acquisition Current: 15 milliamps *
* Power consumption values are for standard RS-232 interface; for optional RS-485 interface, see RS-485 manual.
Acquisition Time: 1.0 - 2.6 seconds/sample, dependent on sampling mode and inclusion of pressure sensor
Housing, Depth Rating, and Weight (without pressure sensor or clamps):
|Housing Material||Depth Rating||Weight|
|Standard||Titanium||7000 m (23,000 feet)||
2.9 kg (6.5 lbs) in
1.9 kg (4.3 lbs) in water
|Optional ShallowCAT||Plastic||350 m (1148 ft)||
2.2 kg (4.9 lbs) in
1.2 kg (2.7 lbs) in water
Dimensions: in millimeters (inches)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION / LINKS:
Documentation -- manual, photos, technical papers, application notes, etc.
Sales Information -- options, accessories, cables, mount kits, spares, etc.
Software -- components of Seasoft V2
Links to Other Instruments of Interest
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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