Mooring Systems ADCP Buoys


Mooring Systems, Inc. manufactures spherical shaped subsurface buoyancy for ADCP buoy applications with integral stainless steel instrument mounting frames, or with single strength members for use as primary or back-up mooring flotation. Spherical buoys with internally mounted instruments will greatly reduce current drag and improve mooring performance. ADCP transducers and other sensors can be better directed up to the surface when mounted inside the well of syntactic buoys. Using a fewer number of floats by increasing the diameter of the float will also greatly reduce horizontal drag. The cross sectional area affected by ocean currents is smaller when using fewer larger floats with equal buoyancy to that of many small floats.



Mooring Systems Inc 35 Spherical ADCP float Photo credit Mooring Systems Inc



Mooring Systems, Inc. manufactures an ellipsoid-shaped subsurface buoy that provides a lower drag coefficient than traditionally shaped spherical buoys. The ellipsoid buoy improves mooring performance by reducing lay down caused by water currents. Ellipsoid shapes are more predictable and have lower risk than other non-spherical buoyancy modules. Configurations are offered with single strength members as general mooring flotation, or with integral stainless steel instrument frames. During mooring recovery operations, ellipsoid-shaped buoys provide excellent vertical position of beacons, unlike spherical buoys with unbalanced instrument payloads that roll in ocean waves.

Mooring Systems Ellipsoid ADCP buoy shown with Workhorse ADCP Photo credit Mooring Systems Inc


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Key Features

Up to 25-hour mission duration

Speeds up to 4.2 knots

Increased module payload capacity

Search and recovery


Deep sea mineral exploration

Marine & Fisheries research

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