Ocean CTD Sensor - Argo

RBRargo³ C.T.D|deep | Multi-channel instrument for deep profiling floats

The RBRargo³ C.T.D|deep is designed specifically for the Deep Argo program with a compact titanium housing rated to 6000dbar and built to integrate with glass sphere floats. The ultra-low power design consumes only 20% of the energy of competing products, with a CFD-optimised flow path that reduces salinity spiking. Salinity to the surface is default behaviour — the conductivity cell is unaffected by surfactants and is not damaged by drying out. Atmospheric measurements provide helpful drift references.

  • Rated up to to 6000dbar
  • WOCE accuracy
  • Ultra-low power consumption
  • Accurate conductivity to within 10cm of the air-ocean interface
  • Flushing by design - no pump required
  • Up to 8Hz sampling
  • Streamlined design minimizes salinity spiking
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RBRargo³ C.T.D|deep

Impeccable power management and a direct engineer-to-engineer support channel, coupled with a design that focuses on ease of use makes integration straightforward. Capable of up to 8Hz sampling, massive storage capacity, and compact electronics, the RBRargo³ C.T.D|deep integrates to glass sphere floats via cable to a bulkhead connector. A full range of BGC sensors are available, including optical DO, pH, PAR, fluorometers, and others. The related product, RBRargo³ C.T.D, is designed to integrate in the end-cap of core Argo floats and rated to 2000dbar.

Custom realtime data logging

All RBRargo³ C.T.D instruments have onboard compensation of temperature effects on pressure, and temperature and pressure effects on conductivity. Derived channels are also built in for salinity, sound speed, density, etc. The instrument runs a true RTOS and is capable of logging autonomously at the same time as supplying intermittent measurements (to a buoyancy engine controller, for instance). Regimes mode supports three different sampling protocols according to the float depth in the water column. For instance, regime 1 could be between 6000 and 1000dbar, sampling at 1Hz, and binning all measurements taken over a 5dbar range. Regime 2 could be between 1000dbar and 300dbar, sampling at 1Hz, and binning over a 1dbar range. Regime 3 could be between 300dbar and the surface, sampling at 8Hz without any binning (storing all samples).

Configuration options
Design integration titanium housing with RS-232 and power MCBH
Depth rating 2000dbar, 4000dbar, or 6000dbar
Available sensors dissolved oxygen, fluorescence, PAR, pH, turbidity, and voltage

Also available with transverse C.T.D cell configuration as shown below:

RBR transverse C.T.D cell for deep