AN85: Handling of Ferrite Core on Instruments with Inductive Modem Telemetry

Document Number: 
85
Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 19, 2016
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Discussion

This Application Note applies to instruments and accessories that include a cable coupler for inductive modem telemetry:

  • SBE 16plus-IM and 16plus-IM V2 SeaCAT C-T (optional pressure) Recorder
  • SBE 37-IM MicroCAT C-T (optional pressure) Recorder
  • SBE 37-IMP MicroCAT C-T (optional pressure) Recorder
  • SBE 37-IMP-IDO MicroCAT C-T-DO (optional pressure) Recorder (membrane-type DO)
  • SBE 37-IMP-ODO MicroCAT C-D-DO (optional pressure) Recorder (optical DO)
  • SBE 39-IM and 39plus-IM Temperature (optional pressure) Recorder
  • SBE 44 Underwater Inductive Modem
  • Inductive Cable Coupler (ICC) — clamps to the jacketed mooring wire, and makes electrical connection with the Surface Inductive Modem (SIM) or Inductive Modem Module (IMM) via a cable housed in reinforced-rubber conduit.

The ferrite modem core in these instruments and accessories is fragile, and must be handled with care. If you are having problems with inductive modem communications, check the core for misalignment or damage as follows.

Note: All photos are for an SBE 37-IMP, except as noted. Details are similar for all instruments included in this application note, except as noted.

  1. Open the mounting bracket by unthreading the large hex-head bolts.

    

  1. On the clamp side:
  1. Verify that the core provides a level surface for mating with the instrument side.
  2. Remove the two small Phillips-head screws securing the guide, and remove the guide.

Step 2A: Check that core is level in both directions shown

Step 2B: Remove Guide
  1. Remove the 2 larger Phillip-head screws and carefully pull the clamp apart.
  2. Examine the ferrite core for cracks or chips; replace if necessary.

Step 2C: Pull clamp apart

Step 2D: Examine core

 

  1. Reinstall the ferrite core in the two plastic pieces of the clamp, using the 2 Phillips-head
    screws, being careful to provide a level surface for mating with the instrument side.
  2. Reinstall the guide, using the 2 small Phillips-head screws.
  1. On the instrument side:
  1. Verify that the core provides a level surface for mating with the clamp side.
  2. Remove the two small Phillips-head screws securing the guide, and remove the guide (similar to Step 2B).
  3. (SBE 16plus-IM, 16plus-IM V2, 37-IM, 37-IMP, 37-IMP-IDO, 37-IMP-ODO, 39-IM, 39plus-IM, and 44) The core cannot be removed for a complete inspection, because it is surrounded by potting compound. Inspect the visual portions of the core for damage; if damaged, the entire end cap assembly will have to be replaced at Sea-Bird.

Step 3A: Check that core is level
in both directions shown

Step 3C: Examine visual portions of core;
check that core is level in both directions shown

 

  1. (Inductive Cable Coupler) Remove the core as shown in the photos below. Examine the ferrite core for cracks or chips; replace if necessary. Reinstall the core, plastic, screws, etc.
  1. Reinstall the guide, using the 2 small Phillips-head screws.

 

When installing the instrument or Inductive Cable Coupler on the cable, note the following:

 

Application Note Revision History

Date Description
December 2006 Initial release.
April 2008 Add information onSBE 16plus-IM V2.
October 2010 - Add information on SBE 37-IMP-IDO.
- Update address.
October 2012 Add informatio on SBE 37-IMP-ODO.
May 2016 Add information on SBE 39plus-IM.

 

Applies To