ESOM I and II.
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WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA
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The ESOM program was initiated to evaluate the long term, in situ performance of new moored array materials and sensors. A site 12 miles southwest of Bermuda, with a water depth of 3000m was selected to deploy the mooring. Following well established design practice the upper part of the mooring down to a depth of 1900m was made of plastic jacketed, steel armored wire ropes and cables. Groups of test samples were attached at different depths to the main mooring line. The lower part of the mooring was made of compliant, plaited nylon rope. The mooring was deployed in March 1989. It was recovered and reset, with an acoustic telemetry prototype system, in April 1990. The at sea phase of the program ended in November 1990 when the termination of a test cable failed and the mooring broke loose. The entire mooring was recovered and all of its samples and components were carefully inspected and tested. In addition to the novel acoustic link, mooring components tested included new wire ropes, new electromechanical cables and their terminations, low drag fairings, fishbite resistant jackets, and a new type of surface buoy. This report describes the experimental mooring and the results obtained after 18 months of exposure.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography