Designed for offshore and marine applications, the 05106 is a lightweight, robust instrument that measures wind speed and direction. Manufactured by R. M. Young, this wind monitor is cabled for use with Campbell Scientific dataloggers.
The 05106 Wind Monitor-MA is made out of rigid UV-stabilized thermoplastic with stainless steel and anodized aluminum fittings. The thermoplastic material resists corrosion from sea air environments and atmospheric pollutants. It uses stainless-steel precision-grade ball bearings for the propeller shaft and vertical shaft bearings.
To make it more durable in offshore and marine applications, the 05106 has waterproof bearing lubricant and a sealed, heavy-duty cable pigtail instead of the standard junction box.
The 05106 measures wind speed with a helicoid-shaped, four-blade propeller. Rotation of the propeller produces an ac sine wave that has a frequency directly proportional to wind speed. The ac signal is induced in a transducer coil by a six-pole magnet mounted on the propeller shaft. The coil resides on the non-rotating central portion of the main mounting assembly, eliminating the need for slip rings and brushes.
Wind direction is sensed by the orientation of the fuselage-shaped sensor body, which is connected to an internal potentiometer. The datalogger applies a known precision excitation voltage to the potentiometer element. The output is an analog voltage signal directly proportional to the azimuth angle.
The Wind Monitors can be attached to a CM202, CM204, or CM206 crossarm via a 17953 NU-RAIL fitting or CM220 Right Angle Mounting Bracket. Alternatively, the Wind Monitors can be attached to the top of our stainless-steel tripods via the CM216 Sensor Mounting Kit.
Wind profile studies measure many wind sensors. For these applications, the LLAC4 4-Channel Low Level AC Conversion Module can be used to increase the number of Wind Monitors measured by one datalogger. The LLAC4 allows datalogger control ports to read the wind speed sensor’s ac signals instead of using pulse channels. Dataloggers compatible with the LLAC4 are the CR200(X) series (ac signal ≤1 kHz only), CR800, CR850, CR1000, CR3000, and CR5000.
The 05106's propeller uses one pulse count channel on the datalogger. Its wind vane requires one single-ended channel and access to an excitation channel (the excitation channel can be shared with other high impedance sensors).
The 05106's propeller is measured by the PulseCount Instruction in CRBasic and by Instruction 3 (Pulse Count) in Edlog. The wind vane is measured by the BrHalf Instruction in CRBasic and by Instruction 4 (Excite-Delay-SE) in Edlog. The measurements are typically processed for output with the Wind Vector instruction (not present in the CR500 or CR9000 but is present in the CR9000X).
*Measurements are typically processed for output with the Wind Vector instruction, which is not present in the CR500 or CR9000.
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Campbell Scientific does not sell an extension cable. A replacement cable can be ordered and built to the desired length (pn 05106CBL-L). This replacement cable has a connector that mates with the connector at the end of the 3 ft cable attached to the 05106-L.
This depends on what is broken. Typically, Campbell Scientific can repair the unit, and the user does not have to purchase a new one.
The measurement instructions will likely remain the same. However, in addition to the multiplier and offset, the type of pulse may change for the wind speed, and the excitation voltage may change for the wind direction. For an explanation of how the datalogger needs to be programmed, see the instruction manual.
The short answer is less than 0.01 mA. The wind speed signal requires no power. The wind direction portion of the sensor only uses a maximum of 0.5 mA when excited with 5 Vdc, and then it is only on for 0.016 s for every measurement. When the wind direction is measured every second (typical), the average current drain is less than 0.01 mA.
Orientation of the wind monitor is done after the datalogger has been programmed, and the location of True North has been determined. True North is usually found by reading a magnetic compass and applying the correction for magnetic declination, where magnetic declination is the number of degrees between True North and Magnetic North. Magnetic declination for a specific site can be obtained from a USFA map, local airport, or through a computer service.
The information included on a calibration sheet differs with each sensor. For some sensors, the sheet contains coefficients necessary to program a datalogger. For other sensors, the calibration sheet is a pass/fail report.
This depends on the information contained in the calibration sheet:
To incorporate a sensor that is compatible with wireless sensor interfaces into a wireless network, a CWS900-series wireless sensor interface is needed, as well as an A205 CWS-to-PC interface to configure it.