Vector 1
Nortek Vector Cable probe closeup 1
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Nortek 30098129756
Vector 1
Nortek Vector Cable probe closeup 1
Eddy systems 2
Nortek 30098129756

Ocean currents

Vector - 300 m

Sample 3D velocity at up to 64 Hz for small-scale research in coastal areas

Overview

The Vector is a high-accuracy single-point current meter that is capable of acquiring 3D velocity in a very small volume at rates up to 64 Hz. It is widely used for sediment transport applications, small-scale turbulence measurements and coastal engineering studies. It has an excellent track record of delivering outstanding data quality in a variety of applications. This version is suitable for use down to a depth of 300 m. The Vector’s titanium version is suitable for investigating deep- water currents.

  • Currents
  • Turbulence
  • Waves

Highlights

  • Small-scale turbulence
  • Sampling up to 64 Hz
  • Small sampling volume for measurements close to boundaries

Usage

  • Wave orbital studies
  • Studies of bottom boundary layers
  • Ocean engineering projects
  • Coastal studies
  • River turbulence
  • Low flow measurements
  • Flux measurements

Setup

This 300m-rated velocimeter is set up using the Nortek deployment software, where users can customize the sampling rate (up to 64Hz), sampling volume size and coordinate system, especially relevant the cabled probe option.

Deployment

Designed for small-scale turbulence sampling or collecting measurements near boundaries, the Vector velocimeter offers multiple probe options (fixed or cabled) making for very flexible deployment setups.

Data

The Vector provides precise, rapid velocity measurements from a very small sampling volume of water. Users can resolve small-scale turbulence events and measure in areas traditionally difficult for ADCPs.

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Maximum profiling range

N/A

Distance from probe

0.15 m

Sampling volume diameter

15 mm

Sampling volume height (user-selectable)

5-20 mm

Cell size

N/A

Velocity range

±0.01, 0.1, 0.3, 1, 2, 4, 7 m/s (software-selectable)

Adaptive ping interval

N/A

Accuracy

±0.5% of measured value ±1 mm/s

Velocity precision

typ. 1% of velocity range (at 16 Hz)

Sampling rate (output)

1-64 Hz

Internal sampling rate

100-250 Hz

Minimum range

N/A

Maximum range

N/A

Cell size

N/A

Accuracy

N/A

Sampling rate

N/A

Acoustic frequency

6 MHz

Resolution

0.45 dB

Dynamic range

90 dB

Temperature:

Thermistor embedded in end bell

Temp. range

-4 to +40 °C

Temp. accuracy/resolution

0.1 °C/0.01 °C

Temp. time response

10 min

Compass:

Magnetometer

Accuracy/resolution

2º/0.1º for tilt < 20°

Tilt:

Liquid level

Accuracy/resolution

0.2°/0.1°

Maximum tilt

30°

Up or Down

Automatic detect

Pressure:

Piezoresistive

Standard range

0-20 m (inquire for options)

Accuracy/precision

0.5% FS / Better than 0.005% of full scale

No. of channels

2

Supply voltage to analog output devices

Three options selectable through firmware commands:1) Battery voltage/500 mA, 2) +5 V/250 mA, 3) +12 V/100 mA

Capacity (standard):

9 MB, can add 4/16 GB

Data record (Standard)

24 bytes at sampling rate + 28 bytes/second

Data record (IMU)

72 bytes at sampling rate

Accuracy

±1 min/year

Backup in absence of power

4 weeks

I/O

RS-232 or RS-422

Communication baud rate

300-115 200 Bd

Recorder download baud rate

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

User control

Handled via ”Vector” software, ActiveX® function calls, or direct commands.

Analog outputs

3 channels standard, one for each velocity component or two velocities and pressure.

Output range

0–5 V, scaling is user-selectable.

Synchronization

TTL (5V tolerant) sync in/sync out, start on sync, sample on sync

Bulkhead

MCBH-8-FS

Cable

PMCIL-8-MP on 10 m polyurethane cable

Functions

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

Software

N/A

I/O

N/A

DC input

9-15V DC

Maximum peak current

3 A

Max. consumption

1.5 W at 64 Hz

Typical consumption, 4 Hz

0.6 - 1 W

Sleep consumption

< 100 μA

Transmit power

2 adjustable levels

Battery capacity

50 Wh (alkaline or Li-ion),165 Wh (lithium), single or dual

New battery voltage

13.5 V DC (alkaline)

Data collection capacity

Refer to planning section in software

Operating temperature

-4 to +40 °C

Storage temperature

-20 to +60 °C

Vibration

IEC 60068-1/IEC60068-2-64

Depth rating

300m

Standard model

POM housing, titanium probe and fasteners

Maximum diameter

75 mm

Maximum length

468 mm (housing only), 246 mm (fixed stem) add 110 mm for double battery

No batteries

Weight in air: 2.32 kg, in water: buoyant

2 batteries

Weight in air: 3.20 kg, in water: 0.54 kg

Probe mounted on fixed stem or on 2 m cable

Vertical or horizontal probes

Alkaline, lithium or Li-ion external batteries

IMU - Inertial Measurement Unit

Vector Fixed Stem GA - NGA008-001 Rev.A
Vector Cable Probe GA - NGA008-002 Rev.A

Vector single point current meter

Standard probe on fixed stem, vertical instrument mounting (VEC)

Standard probe on fixed stem, horizontal instrument mounting (VEH)

Standard probe on 2m cable, vertical instrument mounting (VEC)

Standard probe on 2m cable, horizontal instrument mounting (VEH)

Standard housing for two batteries or one 100Wh package

Short housing for one battery

9 MB of memory on motherboard (M8)

4 GB SD card data logger

16 GB SD card data logger

0-10m pressure sensor

0-20m pressure sensor

0-30m pressure sensor

0-50m pressure sensor

0-100m pressure sensor

0-200m pressure sensor

10m RS232 polyurethane cable with 8-pin inline connector and USB converter

20m RS232 polyurethane cable with 8-pin inline connector and USB converter

30m RS232 polyurethane cable with 8-pin inline connector and USB converter

40m RS232 polyurethane cable with 8-pin inline connector and USB converter

50m RS232 polyurethane cable with 8-pin inline connector and USB converter

10m RS422 polyurethane cable with 8-pin inline connector and USB converter

20m RS422 polyurethane cable with 8-pin inline connector and USB converter

30m RS422 polyurethane cable with 8-pin inline connector and USB converter

40m RS422 polyurethane cable with 8-pin inline connector and USB converter

50m RS422 polyurethane cable with 8-pin inline connector and USB converter

With or without IMU

With or without compass and tilt

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