The Modular design of a seismic buoy
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SARTI (Sistemas de Adquisición Remota y Tratamiento de la Información) are a research group based in Vilanova i la Geltru who are collaborating with an international team of four students for the European Project Semester 2016. The brief that has been assigned to the team is to redesign a seismic buoy, making it smaller, more compact, lightweight in order to allow for easy deployment. Seismic buoys are currently very large and consist of several different individual, but connected parts. Ocean Bottom Seismometers (OBS) are much smaller however, they do not allow for the real-time transmission of data. This was done by researching different buoys and they way that they are currently deployed. The team’s first design was evaluated and all of the advantages and disadvantages of the design was taken into account. This along with taking into account the drag coefficient enabled the team to create a design that was much improved and had more advantages. The team produced a compact design which solved many of the stated problems. However, more work by future teams will have to take place in order to finalise the finer details of this project.