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The SBE 37-SM MicroCAT is a high-accuracy conductivity and temperature (pressure optional) recorder with Serial interface, internal battery, and non-volatile Memory. The MicroCAT is designed for moorings or other long duration, fixed-site deployments. Constructed of non-corroding materials to ensure long life with minimum maintenance, it is rated for operation to 350 meters (plastic ShallowCAT housing) or 7000 meters (titanium housing), or pressure sensor full-scale range.
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, )optional) Pressure, and time; salinity and sound velocity can also be output.
SENSORS AND SENSOR INTERFACE ELECTRONICS
The MicroCAT retains the temperature and conductivity sensors used in our time-proven SeaCAT and SeaCAT plus. 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, to a maximum depth of 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 via RS-232 or RS-485 serial interface:
RS-232 – Real-time data can be transmitted up to 1600 meters at 600 baud, simultaneous with recording. Data can be uploaded at up to 115.2K baud. The user can upgrade firmware through the external connector, without opening the housing.
RS-485 – Multiple MicroCATs can share a common 2-wire cable, minimizing cable complexity for C-T chains.
User-selectable operating modes include:
The MicroCAT is supplied with a powerful Windows software package, Seasoft© V2, which includes:
DATA STORAGE, FORMAT, AND BATTERY ENDURANCE
Temperature and conductivity are stored 6 bytes/sample, time 4 bytes/sample, and optional pressure 5 bytes/sample; memory capacity is in excess of 530,000 samples. The MicroCAT is powered by a 10.6 Amp-hour (nominal) battery pack consisting of twelve AA lithium cells (Saft LS14500) which, when removed from the MicroCAT, can be shipped via commercial aircraft. The pack provides sufficient internal battery capacity for more than 630,000 samples for a typical sampling scheme. *
to 7 S/m
(0 to 70 mS/cm)
± 0.0003 S/m
|-5 to 45||
(-5 to 35 °C);
± 0.01 (35 to 45 °C)
|0.0002 per month||0.0001|
20 / 100 / 350 /
1000 / 2000 / 3500 / 7000 m
(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 sec/month
Quiescent Current: 30 microamps *
Sampling and Communication Current: *
Communication 4.3 milliamps
15 milliamps if transmitting real-time data;
13 milliamps if not transmitting real-time data
* Power consumption / battery endurance values are for RS-232 interface; for RS-485 interface, see RS-485 manual.
Acquisition Time: 1.8 - 2.6 sec per sample, dependent on sampling mode and inclusion of pressure sensor
Power Supply: 10.6 Amp-hour (nominal) battery pack
Optional External Power: 0.5 Amps at 9 - 24 VDC
Housing, Depth Rating, and Weight (without pressure sensor):
|Housing Material||Depth Rating||Weight|
|Plastic||350 m (1150 ft)||
2.7 kg (6.0 lbs) in
1.2 kg (2.7 lbs) in water
|Titanium||7000 m (23,000 feet)||
3.8 kg (8.3 lbs) in
2.3 kg (5.1 lbs) in water
Dimensions: in millimeters (inches)
Connector (RS-232 shown. For RS-485: pin 2 is RS-485A, pin 3 is RS-485B):
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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