Jonathan Pompa

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Link Foundation Ocean Engineering and Instrumentation Fellowship Reports


The Wire-Walker is a wave-powered vertical profiler made for carrying oceanographic instruments. It cycles continuously through the depth range set by the user, providing a traveling platform for sensors. To achieve high data resolution in time varying environments, the Wire-Walker was redesigned from its original configuration for higher profiling speed. Improvements were made to the WireWalker profiler by using a numerical simulation of the system dynamics. Each physical parameter was varied in the model to find its effect on the profiling speed. Using the guidelines from the modeling experiment, a new WireWalker was constructed and tested in the ocean. The redesigned system profiled with an eighty five percent increase in speed.

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Year received Link Fellowship: 2004-2005



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