Louisiana State University – Tide Simulatortony
Louisiana State University – Tide Simulator
The University will locate plants in pots suspended in the tank (called Tidal chamber) at an appropriate depth and the water level in the tank will ebb and flow. Each Tidal chamber is controlled independently and link to a storage tank, also provided by the University.
This tide control system is custom-designed to generate tide cycles within a 63 pi3 tidal chamber. A custom-built level sensor will be located within a pipe, protected from large particles by a screen. Contrary to a pressure sensor, this hydrostatic sensor rules out the risk of having its port blocked by sediments.
A 24 VDC magnetic drive pump will be provided for the transfer water from the tidal chamber to the storage tank, creating a sinusoidal flux, as it occurs in the field. A similar pump will return water from the storage tank to the tidal chamber via a sinusoidal flux.
For a given experiment, the user must enter the following specifications in the Tide Monitron:
- Height of low water.
- Height of high water.
- Duration of flood or ebb (minimum of 4 hours).
- The number of consecutive tides.
- Depth of the benthic substrate if any (0-8 cm).
- Renewal rate of fresh seawater (0-100% of total water volume per day).