Accession Number : AD0701903

Title :   CERC WAVE GAGES.

Descriptive Note : Technical memo.,

Corporate Author : ARMY COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Williams,Leo C.

Report Date : DEC 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 125

Abstract : CERC has used wave gages to gather prototype wave data since 1948. Two basic types of gages are now used in the field - the step-resistance staff gage and the underwater pressure-sensitive gage. CERC has developed three types of step-resistance staff gages - a series type for use in fresh water, a parallel type for use in salt water, and a relay-operated type for use in either fresh or salt water or in water where wide changes in salinity occur. The pressure gage can be used in water of any salinity. The series and parallel gages have an accuracy of plus or minus 5 percent plus the spacing of one sensor increment. The relay gage has an accuracy of plus or minus 2 percent plus the spacing of one sensor increment. The accuracy of the pressure-sensitive gage is not as precise as that of the step-resistance gages. The report describes each gage and the theory of operation, details of fabrication, steps for calibration and installation, and requirements of maintenance. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*OCEAN WAVES, EXPERIMENTAL DATA), (*PRESSURE GAGES, DESIGN), UNDERWATER, SENSITIVITY, RECORDING SYSTEMS, MAGNETIC TAPE, CALIBRATION, MAINTENANCE, MANUFACTURING, OPERATION

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE