CSAT3A 3-D Sonic Anemometer, Head Only
Precision Measurements
Best instrument for flux and other high-level turbulence research projects
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Overview

The CSAT3A 3-D Sonic Anemometer is the 3-D sonic anemometer of choice for eddy-covariance measurements. It has an aerodynamic design, a 10 cm vertical measurement path, operates in a pulsed acoustic mode, and withstands exposure to harsh weather conditions. Three orthogonal wind components (ux, uy, uz) and the speed of sound (c) are measured and output at a maximum rate of 50 Hz. The CSAT3A head is operated by the EC100 electronics, which also control either an EC150 or EC155 gas analyzer.

Measurements can be triggered from two sources:

  • Data logger’s SDM command
  • EC100’s internal clock

The SDM protocol supports a group trigger for synchronizing multiple CSAT3As.

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Benefits and Features

  • Innovative design provides precision turbulence measurements with minimal flow distortion
  • Usually combined with EC150 or EC155 gas analyzers giving near complete colocation for eddy-covariance measurements
  • Compatible with most Campbell Scientific data loggers
  • Measurements can be used to calculate momentum flux and friction velocity
  • Campbell Scientific’s fine wire thermocouples are an option for fast-response temperature measurements
  • Field rugged
  • Innovative signal processing and transducer wicks considerably improve performance of the anemometer during rain events
  • Sealed sonic transducers and electronics

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Specifications

Measurement Path Length
  • 10.0 cm (3.94 in.) vertical
  • 5.8 cm (2.3 in.) horizontal
Path Angle from Horizontal 60°
Construction Sealed sonic transducers and electronics
Anemometer Head Materials Stainless-steel tubing
Electronics Box Materials Welded aluminum
Operating Temperature Range -30° to +50°C
Voltage Supply 10 to 16 Vdc
Current
  • 200 mA (60 Hz measurement rate)
  • 100 mA (20 Hz measurement rate)
Digital SDM Output Signal CSI 33.3 k baud serial interface for data logger/sensor communication. (Data type is 2-byte integer per output plus 2-byte diagnostic.)
Support Arm Diameter 1.59 cm (0.63 in.)
Transducer Diameter 0.64 cm (0.25 in.)
Transducer Mounting Arm Diameter 0.84 cm (0.33 in.)
Anemometer Head Dimensions 47.3 x 42.4 cm (18.6 x 16.7 in.)
Anemometer Head Weight 1.7 kg (3.7 lb)

Measurements

Outputs ux, uy, uz, c
(ux, uy, uz are wind components referenced to the anemometer axes; c is speed of sound.)
Speed of Sound Determined from three acoustic paths; corrected for crosswind effects.
Measurement Rate Programmable from 1 to 60 Hz, instantaneous measurements. Two over-sampled modes are block averaged to either 20 Hz or 10 Hz.
Output Bandwidths 5, 10, 12.5, or 20 Hz
Output Rate 10, 20, 25, or 50 Hz
Measurement Resolution
  • Resolution values are for instantaneous measurements made on a constant signal; noise is not affected by sample rate.
  • 1 mm/s rms (ux, uy)
  • 0.5 mm/s rms (uz)
  • 15 mm/s (0.025°C) rms (c)
Offset Error
  • Offset error and gain error values assume the -30° to +50°C range, wind speeds of < 30 m/s, and wind angles between ±170°.
  • < ±8.0 cm/s (ux, uy)
  • < ±4.0 cm/s (uz)
Gain Error
  • Offset error and gain error values assume the -30° to +50°C range, wind speeds of < 30 m/s, and wind angles between ±170°.
  • < ±2% of reading (wind vector within ±5° of horizontal)
  • < ±3% of reading (wind vector within ±10° of horizontal)
  • < ±6% of reading (wind vector within ±20° of horizontal)
Rain Innovative ultrasonic signal processing and user-installable wicks considerably improve the performance of the anemometer under all rain events.

Digital USB and RS-485 Output Signal

Baud Rate 230400 bps (maximum)
Data Type Comma-delimited ASCII

SDM, USB, & RS-485 Digital Outputs Reporting Range

Full-Scale Wind ±65.535 m/s autoranging between four ranges (Least significant bit is 0.25 to 2 mm/s.)
Speed of Sound 300 to 366 m/s (-50° to +60°C) Least significant bit is 1 mm/s (0.002°C).

Compatibility

Please note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible products.

Data Loggers

Compatible Note
CR1000 (retired)
CR200X (retired)
CR206X (retired)
CR295X (retired)
CR3000
CR5000 (retired)
CR800
CR850
CR9000X (retired)

FAQs for

Number of FAQs related to CSAT3A: 22

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  1. No. The CSAT3/3A/3AH is a sensor. Time stamps are assigned to the sonic anemometer data by the data-acquisition system—typically a Campbell Scientific data logger or PC.

  2. The CSAT3/3A/3AH calibration applies a correction for transducer delay over temperature. Transducer delays cause an offset in the wind speed measurement, and to a lesser extent, an offset in the speed of sound measurement.

    The CSAT3/3A/3AH speed of sound easement is corrected for the effects of wind blowing normal to the sonic path.

  3. No. The sonic anemometer does not report time with the wind measurements. A time stamp will be assigned to the wind data by the data-acquisition system—either a data logger or a PC.

  4. The sensors used in the eddy-covariance application are not compatible with SCWin. An open-path eddy-covariance program is available for purchase as pn 18442, CRBasic Basic Eddy Covariance Program. This is the program without energy balance sensors. Also available is pn 18443, CRBasic Extended Eddy Covariance Program, with energy balance sensors. To order a custom configured program, contact the Micrometeorology Flux group for assistance.

  5. Campbell Scientific does not offer any mounting booms or hardware that enable easy and frequent positioning of the sonic anemometer sensor head. This type of hardware must be provided by the user.

  6. Yes. If the matching layer is damaged or missing, return the sonic anemometer to the factory for repair. Follow the steps listed on our Repair and Calibration page to request a returned material authorization (RMA) number. 

  7. The sonic anemometer measures three-dimensional wind in a right-handed Cartesian coordinate system. From these measurements, use trigonometry to compute the wind flow angle, horizontal angle, and wind speed.

  8. No. The offset is a function of temperature and time. Once a year, spot-check the sonic anemometer wind offset using the procedure outlined in the CSAT3B instruction manual. If the measured offset is outside the specification, return the sensor to the factory for calibration. To request a returned material authorization (RMA) number, follow the steps listed on our Repair and Calibration page. 

  9. The sonic anemometer offset specification is ±8 cm/s. Therefore, it cannot be used in an application where the expected wind speed is in the range of ±5 cm/s.