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1 Bubble-Sweep down Study and Mitigation for Improved ADCP Data Quality

2 Credits go to: Mr. Bob Fratantonio - Department of Ocean Engineering University of Rhode Island Dr. Thomas Rossby –Graduate School of Oceanography University of Rhode Island Dr. Charles Flagg –School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Stony Brook University Dr. Stephan Grilli –Department of Ocean Engineering University of Rhode Island National Science Foundation (NSF) Smyril Line

3 The M/F Norröna Build year/Shipyeard: 2003 / Flendern Werft AG, Lübeck Ship contract price: € 93,4 mill. Length over all: 165,74m Breath: 30,00m Draft: 6,30 m Dwt: GT: NT: Cabins: 318 (1012 beds) Passenger capacity: 1482 Crew: 118 Cars: 800 or Trailers: 130 Lane m.: 1830 Cargo capacity: tonnes Service speed: 21 knots Main engines: BHP Bow Thrusters: BHP Helicopter pad: On top deck at the ferries stern Stabilizers: 1 pair of stabilizers

4 ADCP 75 kHz RD Instruments Ocean Surveyor Installed in a 1-week dry dock period in January 2006 in Hamburg, Germany Cable runs 8 decks to the DAQ system ADCP is mounted 60 m from bow

5 Dry Dock

6 The Bubble Fairing

7 Previous Results using the Bubble Fairing

8 The Problem An ADCP system was installed on the M/F Norröna in January 2006 in Hamburg, Germany Instrument was functioning properly, but the data was spotty and poor Data improved as M/F Norröna passed through fjords towards Bergen, Norway As the ferry entered open seas, the acoustic backscatter amplitude became erratic and of poor quality

9 Candidates for Source of Problem Internal machinery- generated vibration Propeller noise Electronic interference due to the long length of cable that necessarily ran along- side some of the ship's power cables Bubble Sweepdown –Breaching of the bow-thruster openings?

10 CritterCam Greg Marshall at the National Geographic Society loaned us the CritterCam Features –Autonomous –Records Internally –Diver Deployable Records 1 minute of video every 4 hours Permanent magnets attach camera to the hull

11 CritterCam Results Best results come from videos taken during daylight hours Bubble clouds are produced in the turbulent bow wave as the ferry pitches up and down –Clouds approach lens at fairly regular intervals Using the height of the fairing (21 cm) as reference, one can estimate the thickness of the clouds seen in the video as roughly 30 cm thick

12 CritterCam Results If the video clip does not play automatically, it can be accessed by clicking the following link: Windows users may need to download the free divx codec to view the video clip. The download is available at:

13 Cosmos Floworks Computational Fluid Dynamics were performed to address the following questions… –Can the shape of the fairing be improved to reduce the stagnation pressure at the leading edge of the fairing? –Can the addition of rails placed ahead of the fairing produce significant upwelling to bring bubble-free waters from depth up to the face of the transducer? Used Cosmos Floworks CFD package –Fully embedded in Solidworks –Easy to use Computations were performed on a Dell Optiplex 755 running Windows XP Professional –8 GB of RAM –Intel® Core™ 2 Duo CPU 3.00 GHz

14 Rails The next step was to investigate the influence of rails upstream of the fairing Rails were modeled after a hyperbolic tangent function y = A * tanh(x) + b A systematic approach was taken to optimize the parameters of the rails Once the rails were optimized, the rail-fairing interaction could be simulated and studied

15 Varying Opening Width The first parameter to change was the opening between the two rails. The slope of the rails remained constant and only the opening was changed Equation y= A*tanh(x)+b Varying b changes the width of the opening between rails

16 Some Results

17 Vortices Generated by Rails Very encouraging! The rails do appear to generate upwelling * Note this figure is upside down

18 Varying Slope The next parameter to change was the slope The opening between rails remained constant and only the slope was changed Equation y= A*tanh(x)+b Varying A and offsetting b the same amount changes the width of the opening between rails

19 Final Rail Profile The rails were shortened from their original 4 meters of length (in the x-dir) to 2 meters The opening was optimized as the same width as the fairing, ~0.5 meters The height of the rails matched that of the fairing, ~20cm

20 Rail – Fairing Interaction Planview of Z-Velocity Rails are set 10 meters upstream of the fairing

21 Chines Can we simplify the rails even more? Straight rails (chines) were of interest due to their simplicity Easy and less expensive to manufacture and install But do they perform as well as the rails? Use approximately same slope as the hyperbolic tangent rails

22 Chines vs. Rails Rails Chines

23 Particle Trajectories - Chines Water particles released downstream 0.5 meters below the hull starting from the centerline and spanning 1 meter starboard

24 Particle Trajectories - Rails

25 Particle Displacement Profile (Y-Z) The rails and chines create a similar swath

26 Sketch of New Fairing/Rails Position The fairing was moved closer to the centerline of the ship with the hyperbolic tangent rails ~10 meters upstream

27 The Rails Photos of the rails just before the ship was refloated, courtesy of Eike Bayer, the Blohm and Voss project director.

28 Plans for the Future Still having difficulty collecting good ADCP data –Not entirely sure why –Lack of Zooplankton for acoustic backscatter? Would like to use the camera to get visual evidence of whether the rails are successfully creating local upwelling


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