AN64-1: Plumbing Installation - SBE 43 DO Sensor and Pump on a CTD

Document Number: 
64-1
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
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Introduction

This Application Note describes installation of an SBE 43 Dissolved Oxygen (DO) Sensor and pump (and associated plumbing) for:

 

Profiling Applications

Preparation

Parts Included in PN 90087 Universal Plumbing Kit

PN Description Quantity
23337 Pump air release valve — for vertical configuration only 1
30387 Tube, 1/2" Y-fitting — for connection to pump air release valve, vertical configuration only 1
30388 Tygon tubing, 19 mm (0.75 in.) OD, 13 mm (0.5 in.) ID 4 ft
30579 Tygon tubing, 13 mm (0.5 in.) OD, 9.5 mm (0.375 in.) ID — for connections to DO sensor 0.5 ft
30389 Cable tie, 102 mm (4 in.) — to secure tubing connections 20
30458 Cable tie, 381 mm (15 in.) — to secure Y-fitting to main housing 2

 

Tools Required

  • Sharp knife or scalpel for cutting tubing
  • Straight-edge ruler for measuring and cutting

Installation

Note for SBE 9plus or 25:
If your conductivity sensor does not have a conductivity tube support, install the conductivity tube support kit before installing the plumbing (see Application Note 36 for installation details).

Conductivity tube support kit:
Part Number 50094 for aluminum sensors
Part Number 50108 for titanium sensors

Basic considerations for plumbing installation:

  • Use the minimum tubing lengths necessary, but avoid tight bends in the tubing. Tight bends place stress on the tubing connections at the sensors, which can lead to failures at the connections.
  • Do not create any vertical loops in the tubing. Loops trap air, preventing the pump from working properly.
  • Secure each tubing connection with two cable ties.

Plumbing installation details differ, depending on whether the sensors will be deployed in a horizontal or vertical configuration. See Horizontal Configuration Schematic and Details and Vertical Configuration Schematic and Details below.

Horizontal Configuration Schematic and Details

The horizontal configuration is most commonly used when the CTD is integrated with an SBE 32 Carousel Water Sampler with an extension stand. When installing plumbing for the horizontal configuration:

  • Configure the system as follows:
  • Place the DO sensor intake above the conductivity sensor exhaust.
  • Place the pump intake above the DO sensor exhaust.
  • Orient the pump with the exhaust outlet corner up.

Failure to configure the system in this manner can trap air, preventing the pump from working properly.

  • Place a 13 mm (0.5 inch) piece of 9.5 mm ID Tygon tubing at the DO sensor intake and exhaust. Slide the larger diameter tubing (13 mm ID) over the smaller diameter tubing to provide tight seals.
  • SBE 5T titanium pump, which is standard for the 9plus, is shown in the diagram. SBE 5P plastic pump has the same operational characteristics, and may be ordered with the SBE 19, 19plus, 19plus V2, or 25 CTD for deployments to 600 m.
  • If the system does not include a DO sensor, connect the tubing from the conductivity cell directly to the pump intake.

DO sensor intake and exhaust tubing detail:

Secure each tubing connection with two cable ties (not shown).

Vertical Configuration Schematic and Details

When installing plumbing for the vertical configuration:

  • (For SBE 9plus only) Place the opening of the intake and exhaust on the same horizontal plane. Attach exhaust tubing from the pump to the cage, as shown in the schematic below. Failure to place the exhaust tubing properly can lead to acceleration of water in the plumbing, with resulting errors in conductivity data.
    Note: Exhaust tubing is usually omitted by Sea-Bird for an SBE 19, 19plus, 19plus V2, 25, or 25plus.
  • Place the exhaust away from the intake, so that exhaust water is not pulled into the intake. If the exhaust is too close to the intake, it will cause errors in the temperature data, because the pump transfers heat to the exhaust water.
  • Place a 13 mm (0.5 inch) piece of 9.5 mm ID Tygon tubing at the DO sensor intake and exhaust. Slide the larger diameter Tygon tubing (13 mm ID) over the smaller diameter tubing to provide tight seals.
  • SBE 5T titanium pump, which is standard for the 9plus, is shown in the diagram. SBE 5P plastic pump has the same operational characteristics, and may be ordered with the SBE 19, 19plus, 19plus V2, 25, or 25plus CTD for deployments to 600 m.
  • If the system does not include a DO sensor, connect the tubing from the conductivity cell directly to the Y-fitting.

DO sensor intake and exhaust tubing detail:

      

Secure each tubing connection with two cable ties.

Note: Exhaust tubing is usually omitted by Sea-Bird for an SBE 19, 19plus, 19plus V2, 25, or 25plus.

    

 

Moored Applications

Preparation

Parts Included in PN 90087 Universal Plumbing Kit

PN Description Quantity
30388 Tygon tubing, 19 mm (0.75 in.) OD, 13 mm (0.5 in.) ID 4 ft
30579 Tygon tubing, 13 mm (0.5 in.) OD, 9.5 mm (0.375 in.) ID — for connections to DO sensor 0.5 ft
30389 Cable tie, 102 mm (4 in.) — to secure tubing connections 20
23337 Pump air release valve — not used for moored applications 1
30387 Tube, 1/2" Y-fitting — not used for moored applications 1
30458 Cable tie, 381 mm (15 in.) — not used for moored applications 2

Tools Required

  • Sharp knife or scalpel for cutting tubing
  • Straight-edge ruler for measuring and cutting

Installation

Basic considerations for plumbing installation:

  • Use the minimum tubing lengths necessary, but avoid tight bends in the tubing. Tight bends place stress on the tubing connections at the sensors, which can lead to failures at the connections.
  • Do not create any vertical loops in the tubing. Loops trap air, preventing the pump from working properly.
  • Secure each tubing connection with two cable ties.
  • Configure the system as follows:
  • Place the DO sensor intake above the conductivity sensor exhaust.
  • Orient the DO sensor plenum with the intake closer than the exhaust to the sensor body.
  • Place the pump intake above the DO sensor exhaust.

Failure to configure the system in this manner can trap air, preventing the pump from working properly.

  • Place a 13 mm (0.5 inch) piece of 9.5 mm ID Tygon tubing at the DO sensor intake and exhaust. Slide the larger diameter tubing (13 mm ID) over the smaller diameter tubing to provide tight seals.
  • If the system does not include a DO sensor, connect the tubing from the conductivity cell directly to the pump intake.

    

Also See

  • Application Note 64: SBE 43 Dissolved Oxygen Sensor — Background Information, Deployment Recommendations, and Cleaning and Storage
  • Application Note 64-2: SBE 43 Dissolved Oxygen Sensor Calibration and Data Corrections using Winkler Titrations
  • Application Note 64-3: SBE 43 Dissolved Oxygen Sensor — Hysteresis Corrections

 

Application Note Revision History

Date Description
  Initial release.
September 2003 - Add part number for kit and update kit (add more small cable ties for attaching tubing and large cable ties for attaching y-fitting to housing).
- Make more general; plumbing description not just for 9plus.
April 2008 - Provide plumbing information for moored applications.
- Include information about SBE 5P plump in place of 5T.
- Include information about SBE 16plus V2 and 19plus V2.

 

Applies To