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Optimized Design of the SGA-WZ Strapdown Airborne Gravimeter Temperature Control System

College of Mechatronics and Automation, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410072, China
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Academic Editor: Vittorio M. N. Passaro
Sensors 2015, 15(12), 29984-29996;
Received: 10 November 2015 / Revised: 24 November 2015 / Accepted: 24 November 2015 / Published: 1 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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The temperature control system is one of the most important subsystems of the strapdown airborne gravimeter. Because the quartz flexible accelerometer based on springy support technology is the core sensor in the strapdown airborne gravimeter and the magnet steel in the electromagnetic force equilibrium circuits of the quartz flexible accelerometer is greatly affected by temperature, in order to guarantee the temperature control precision and minimize the effect of temperature on the gravimeter, the SGA-WZ temperature control system adopts a three-level control method. Based on the design experience of the SGA-WZ-01, the SGA-WZ-02 temperature control system came out with a further optimized design. In 1st level temperature control, thermoelectric cooler is used to conquer temperature change caused by hot weather. The experiments show that the optimized stability of 1st level temperature control is about 0.1 °C and the max cool down capability is about 10 °C. The temperature field is analyzed in the 2nd and 3rd level temperature control using the finite element analysis software ANSYS. The 2nd and 3rd level temperature control optimization scheme is based on the foundation of heat analysis. The experimental results show that static accuracy of SGA-WZ-02 reaches 0.21 mGal/24 h, with internal accuracy being 0.743 mGal/4.8 km and external accuracy being 0.37 mGal/4.8 km compared with the result of the GT-2A, whose internal precision is superior to 1 mGal/4.8 km and all of them are better than those in SGA-WZ-01. View Full-Text
Keywords: airborne gravimetry; SGA-WZ-02; optimized design; temperature control; heat analysis airborne gravimetry; SGA-WZ-02; optimized design; temperature control; heat analysis

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Cao, J.; Wang, M.; Cai, S.; Zhang, K.; Cong, D.; Wu, M. Optimized Design of the SGA-WZ Strapdown Airborne Gravimeter Temperature Control System. Sensors 2015, 15, 29984-29996.

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