Accession Number : ADD007005

Title :   Buoy System for Vertical Ocean Profiling.

Descriptive Note : Patent,


Personal Author(s) : Swenson,Richard C

Report Date : 11 Dec 1979

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : A buoy system for obtaining oceanic data from a predetermined depth to the surface including an instrument vehicle programmed to cycle between predetermined positive and negative buoyancy conditions is described. A flexible tether having a degree of stiffness and a positive buoyancy factor distributed along its length is connected between a subsurface buoy and the vehicle so as to provide an increasing upward force on the negatively buoyant vehicle as it sinks toward a hovering depth at which the upward force of the buoyant tether balances the negative buoyancy of the vehicle. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Oceanographic equipment, *Depth control, *Buoys, Tethering, Buoyancy, Hovering, Travel, Stiffness, Bladders, Polyurethane resins, Low density, Oceanographic data, Data acquisition, Profiles, Vertical orientation

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE