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CPEC200 Closed-Path Eddy-Covariance System
Turn-Key System
Nearly maintenance-free with the vortex intake and auto zero/span
weather applications water applications energy applications gas flux & turbulence applications infrastructure applications soil applications

Overview

The CPEC200 is a turn-key, closed-path eddy-covariance (EC) flux system for long-term monitoring of atmosphere-biosphere exchanges of carbon dioxide, water vapor, heat, and momentum. A complete system consists of a closed-path gas analyzer (EC155 closed-path gas analyzer), sonic anemometer (CSAT3A sonic anemometer), datalogger (CR3000 datalogger), and sample pump. A valve module is also available for automated zero and span.

The gas analyzer’s intake design and small sample cell volume (5.9 mL) provide excellent frequency response (4.3 Hz cutoff frequency) with low total system power (12 W). Additionally, the vortex intake (United States Patent No. 9,217,692) greatly reduces maintenance and maintains frequency response compared to traditional inline filters.

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Benefits and Features

  • Fully integrated system with all the plumbing
  • Low-power operation
  • Excellent frequency response
  • Optional automatic zero and span

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Detailed Description

The gas analyzer’s small sample cell volume (5.9 ml) minimizes the sample residence time (50 ms at the system’s nominal flow rate, 7 LPM). This gives excellent frequency response (5.8 Hz half-power bandwidth) with low total system power (12 W).

Eddy-Covariance Measurements

CO2 and H2O are measured with an EC155 Closed-Path Gas Analyzer. Three-dimensional wind speed and sonic air temperature are measured with a CSAT3A sonic anemometer head.

CPEC200 System Enclosure

A 16 in. by 18 in. fiberglass enclosure houses the datalogger, optional data storage peripheral, optional valve module, and the electronics that interface with the CPEC200 pump module. The CPEC200 system enclosure can be mounted to a tripod mast, CM106 tripod leg base, tower legs, or a large diameter pole.

CPEC200 Pump Module

The pump module, a standard component of the CPEC200 system, consists of a small dual-head diaphragm pump with a brushless DC motor mounted inside a fiberglass enclosure. An integral cable connects the pump module to the CPEC200 system enclosure, which provides power, temperature measurement and control, pressure measurement, and pumping speed measurement and control.

Valve Module (Optional)

Campbell Scientific offers two valve module versions. The basic three-valve module (pn 27559) enables the CPEC200 system to automatically perform zero, CO2 span, and H2O span measurements. The six-valve module (pn 26578) includes three additional valves to allow more CO2 span tanks to be measured. The valve module is housed inside the CPEC200 system enclosure. The outlet of the manifold has a proportional valve to automatically control the flow of zero/span gas.

Scrub Module (Optional)

A scrub module (pn 27423) is available for the CPEC200 which provides a zero air reference source for the CPEC200 without the need for an extra cylinder which can be useful in remote applications. The CPEC200 scrub modules pulls ambient air through three bottles of molecular sieve, effectively scrubbing CO2 and water vapor from ambient air to produce the reference zero. The scrub module and its small diaphragm pump are housed within a weather-tight fiberglass enclosure which is compatible with a variety of mounting options.

Note: Contact the Campbell Scientific Micromet group for questions or updates regarding the datalogger program.

Specifications

Operating Temperature Range -30° to +50°C
Input Voltage Range 10.5 to 16.0 Vdc
Power
  • 12 W (typical)
  • 35 W (maximum, at cold startup)

System Enclosure

Dimensions 52.1 x 44.5 x 29.7 cm (20.5 x 17.5 x 11.7 in.)
Weight
  • 11.6 kg (25.5 lb) for basic system
  • 1.6 kg (3.7 lb) for CR3000
  • 154 g (5.4 oz) for CFM100/NL116
  • 1.5 kg (3.3 lb) for three-valve module
  • 1.9 kg (4.2 lb) for six-valve module

Pump Module

Inlet Connection 3/8-in. Swagelok
Pumping Speed 3 to 9 LPM (automatically controlled at the setpoint, typically 7 LPM)
Pressure Sensor Range 15 to 115 kPa
Cable Length 3.0 m (10 ft)
Dimensions 35.6 x 29.2 x 13.5 cm (14.0 x 11.5 x 5.3 in.)
Weight 5.4 kg (11.8 lb) without mounting bracket

Valve Module

Inlets for Three-Valve Module Zero, CO2, span, and H2O span
Inlets for Six-Valve Module Zero, CO2 span 1 to CO2 span 4, and H2O span
Outlets Analyzer and H2O bypass
Connections 1/4-in. Swagelok
Dimensions 14.0 x 12.7 x 14.0 cm (5.5 x 5.0 x 5.5 in.)
Weight of Three-Valve Module 1.5 kg (3.3 lb)
Weight of Six-Valve Module 1.9 kg (4.2 lb)

Scrub Module

Power
  • 0 W (quiescent)
  • 2 W (with pump running)
  • 8 W (with heater running)
Cylinder Volume 480 cm3 each (29.29 in.3)
Molecular Sieve Size 1.6 to 2.5 mm beads
Enclosure Dimensions 39.4 x 34.3 x 20.3 cm (15.5 x 13.5 x 8.0 in.)
Weight 9.6 kg (21.1 lb)

Downloads

CR3000 OS v.32.02 (4.54 MB) 12-21-2017

Execution of this download installs the CR3000 Operating System and Compiler on your computer.  It also updates the CR3000 support files for the CRBasic Editor.  

Note: The Device Configuration Utility is used to upload the included operating system to the datalogger.

Upgrading from versions prior to version 28 of the Operating System will reset the datalogger’s CPU drive.  This is due to a change in the format of the file system from FAT16 to FAT32.  In order for the datalogger to operate correctly, as part of the upgrade, the CPU drive is formatted to FAT32.  Any programs stored and running from the CPU drive will be lost.  It is not recommended to update the datalogger’s Operating System over a remote connection where program control regulates the communication equipment (turning it on or off, etc.).  In these cases, an on-site visit and a backup using DevConfig’s backup utility is necessary to update the datalogger’s Operating System.

Watch the Video Tutorial: Sending an OS to a Local Datalogger.

In all cases where the datalogger is being updated from an Operating System prior to 28, the use of DevConfig’s backup utility is recommended due to the CPU drive being formatted using the new FAT32 format.

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CPEC200 CR3000 Program () 09-01-2011

Micrometeorology Group (435) 227-9100.

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Device Configuration Utility v.2.17 (46.4 MB) 02-13-2018

A software utility used to download operating systems and set up Campbell Scientific hardware. Also will update PakBus Graph and the Network Planner if they have been installed previously by another Campbell Scientific software package.

Supported Operating Systems:

Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 (Both 32 and 64 bit)

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EC100 OS v.8.01 (561 KB) 05-07-2018

EC100 Operating System.

Watch the Video Tutorial: Updating the EC100 Operating System.

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ECMon v.1.6 (10.7 MB) 03-29-2016

EC100-Series Support Software.

Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to CPEC200: 16

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  1. The heater for the CPEC200 is not positioned along the intake pipe. The heater is in the "snout/rain-cap" of the vortex intake. 

  2. There is no heater along the intake pipe of the CPEC200. An air gap insulates the intake pipe (1/8 in. OD) from the outer shell (1/2 in.ID), so the air traveling down the intake tube retains most of the heat absorbed at the intake.

  3. Yes, the heater is controlled the same way. Campbell Scientific recommends leaving the heater on all the time.

  4. Yes, the pump works a little harder with the new vortex. The recommended flow for the new vortex system is 8 LPM (6 to sample cell + 2 to bypass). 7 LPM was recommended for the original system. Also, the sample cell “differential” pressure is slightly lower (~-6kPa_new versus ~-3kPa_original). It’s a balance of parameters to maintain good frequency response, low power, and low maintenance.

  5. Sample cell windows should be cleaned when the optical signal strength (CO2 and/or H2O) diminishes to 80%. A conservative approach is to change the blue filter (Campbell Scientific pn 31210, Parker pn 9922-05-DQ) at the same time that the windows are cleaned. The inside of the vortex body may require cleaning with a lint-free wipe and clean water or isopropyl alcohol at the time of the filter change.

    An increased magnitude of cell-pressure drop may also indicate a clogged filter. The table below shows some example cell pressure readings in our laboratory with the CLIP-ON vortex. Readings with the “100% clogged” filters were made by physically plugging the bypass tubing. Note: These pressures do not apply to the new standard vortex intake, which has more pressure drop and requires a different filter kit (Campbell Scientific pn 32203) that consists of a filter with pre-installed Swagelok nuts.

    EC155 CLIP-ON Vortex intake (readings in lab @23 deg C, 87.9 kPa)

    Pump Flow (liter per minute) Blue Filter (dirty air bypass) Absolute Cell Pressure (kPa) Differential Pressure (kPa)

    0.0 (pump off)

    87.9

    0.0

    7.0

    New Filter

    85.0

    -2.9

    7.0

    100% Clogged (zero bypass flow)

    83.8

    -4.2

    8.0

    New Filter

    84.2

    -3.7

    8.0

    1100% Clogged (zero bypass flow)

    82.8

    -5.1

  6. If the pump fails, it must be replaced. Contact Campbell Scientific for details. For the process of returning equipment to Campbell Scientific, refer to the Repair and Calibration page.

  7. The threads on the nut and fitting have likely been damaged because they were over tightened. Replace both the nut and the fitting.
  8. The pump has a one-year warranty. Although the pump’s manufacturer does not specify an expected lifetime, the pump’s lifetime is expected to be significantly longer than one year.

  9. It is easy to learn how to cut tubing to length and swage the fittings. However, if it is preferred, order tubing assemblies cut to a specified length using pn 21823-L, Calibration Gas Tubing Assembly.

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