AWAC2 400 New
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AWAC2 400 New
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400 kHz

Profils de courant et houle directionnelle jusqu'à des fonds de 100 m


The AWAC 400 kHz ADCP has become the standard reference technology in submerged wave-measurement applications. Thousands of these ADCPs have been deployed to capture the full wave spectrum, in combination with current profiles. With a 100 m maximum range for wave measurements and 1.5 Hz sampling of the surface elevation, the AWAC 400 kHz is the optimal tool for deeper-water current and wave measurements.

  • Currents
  • Waves

Points forts

  • Real-time current profiles and waves to 100 m range
  • Acoustic surface tracking (AST) with vertical beam
  • Can be used both with fixed frames and subsurface buoys


  • Online measurements of currents and waves
  • Design data for planning of new coastal structures
  • Site studies for offshore wind platforms
  • Coastal erosion studies
  • Measurement campaigns where the full wave spectrum is needed
  • Monitoring of transient waves for channel wall protection
  • Studies of tidal currents


Designed for straightforward and reliable current and wave measurements in up to 100m of water, the AWAC 400kHz is configured using the AWAC deployment software before installation. The 400kHz AWAC’s wave measurement range is the longest of the AWAC family.


AWACs are often bottom-mounted and/or implemented as part of real-time wave monitoring systems. Leading industry partners offer bespoke frames and buoys for the AWAC.


Optional onboard wave processing allows real-time streaming of wave parameters to users onshore. Nortek’s SUV processing method (exclusive to AWACs and Signatures) enables quality wave measurements from a moving subsurface buoy. Nortek postprocessing software and/or display software is available for review or visualization of data, after deployment or in real time.

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Maximum profiling range

100 m

Cell size

1.0-8.0 m

Number of cells

Typical 20-40, max. 128

Velocity range

±10 m/s horizontal, ±5 m/s along beam


±1% of measured value ±0.5 cm/s

Velocity precision

Consult instrument software

Maximum output rate

1 Hz

Internal sampling rate

2 Hz


Same as velocity


0.45 dB

Dynamic range

90 dB

Transducer acoustic frequency

400 kHz, 600 kHz for vertical beam

Number of beams

3 beams 120° apart, one vertical beam, (90° apart, one at 5° for platform mount)

Beam width


Beam width vertical beam


Maximum depth

100 m

Data types

Pressure, one velocity along each beam, AST

Sampling rate velocity (output)

0.75 Hz

Sampling rate AST (output)

1.5 Hz

No. of samples per burst

512, 1024 or 2048


-15 to 15 m

Accuracy/resolution (Hs)

< 1% of measured value / 1 cm

Accuracy/resolution (Dir)

2° / 0.1°

Period range

1-50 s

Cut-off period (Hs)

20 m depth: 0.9 sec, 60 m depth: 1.5 sec, 100 m depth: 2 sec

Cut-off period (dir)

20 m depth: 3.1 sec, 60 m depth: 5.5 sec, 100 m depth: 7.1 sec


Thermistor embedded in housing

Temp. range

-4 to +40 °C

Temp. accuracy/resolution

0.1 °C/0.01 °C

Temp. time response

< 5 min




2°/0.1° for tilt < 15°


Liquid level



Maximum tilt

30°, AST requires < 10° instrument tilt

Up or Down

Automatic detect




100 m


0.5% of full scale (optional 0.1% of full scale)


0.005% of full scale


9 MB standard, 4/16 GB (ProLog)

Profile record

Ncells*9 + 120 bytes

Wave record

Nsamples*24 + 1k bytes


Stop when full (default and Prolog) or wrap mode


±1 min/year

Backup in absence of power

1 year


RS-232 or RS-422. Software supports most commercially available USB– RS-232 converters

Communication baud rate

300-115200 Bd

Recorder download baud rate

600/1200 kBd for both RS-232 and RS-422

User control

Handled via ”AWAC AST” software, or ActiveX®controls. ”Seastate” for online systems

Output formats

NMEA, Binary. Prolog provides same types also for processed wave and current data


MCBH-2-FS, MCBH-8-FS, optional Souriau M-series metal connector for online use


PMCIL-8-MP on 10 m polyurethane cable


Deployment planning, instrument configuration, data retrieval and conversion (for Windows®)

DC input

9-18 V DC

Maximum peak current

3 A

Avg. power consumption

0.23 W

Sleep current

< 100 μA

Transmit Power

1-30 W, 3 adjustable levels

Operating temperature

-4 to +40 °C

Storage temperature

-20 to +60 °C

Shock and vibration

IEC 721-3-2

EMC approval

IEC 61000

Depth rating

300 m

Standard model

Delrin® and polyurethane plastics with titanium screws

Maximum diameter

306 mm

Maximum length

203 mm

Weight in air

7.3 kg

Weight in water

3.6 kg

Polyurethane jacket, Shore D hardness, 13 mm in diameter, max 2 km. Inquire for longer cables


540Wh (alkaline) or 1800 W (lithium)

Declaration of conformity

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