Ultra- Deep Sea Water Buoy

Ultra- Deep Sea Water Buoy

Ultra- Deep Sea Water Buoy

University  of  Puerto  Rico   Mayagüez  Campus   Mayagüez,  Puerto  Rico   Department  of  Electrical  and  Computer  Engineering             Ultra-­‐Deep  Sea  Water  Buoy     by   Manuel  J.  Orán   Omar  Roldán   Rafael  O.  Vázquez  (PM)   Giovanni  Viera           Prepare  for:  Manuel  Jiménez,   TI  Analog  Design  Contest   Course:  ICOM  5217,  Section  086-­‐096   Date:  June  2,  2011.  

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Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 2  |  P a g e     I. Abstract   The Ultra Deep Sea Water Buoy is an electronic device that collects and stores oceanic data that can be used by oceanographers to predict natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis.

The device can be used as a buoy retrieval system, a data gathering system or as both. As a buoy retrieval system the device is in charge of activating the release mechanism once the buoy hits the ocean floor, when the buoy reaches the surface it will start emitting RF signals with a strobe light for easy retrieval. As a data gathering system the device collects the acceleration, temperature and pressure that are being applied inside the system, later on that data can be collected through a computer user interface. The data being measured by the accelerometer and the sensors of pressure and temperature will be interpreted by the MSP430F5438 microcontroller and saved on a 2GB SD card.


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Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 3  |  P a g e     Table  of  Contents:   I. Abstract . .  2   II. Introduction . .  4   III. Theory . .  5   A. Buoy  System . .  5   B. Battery  Monitor . .  5   C. Sensors . .  10   D. Memory . .  11   E. Wireless  Communication . .  12   IV. Discussion . .  13   A. Block  Diagram . .  13   B. Power  Consumption . .  15   C. Driving  Analysis . .  17   D.

Timing  Analysis . .  18   E. Memory  Map . .  20   F. Hardware  Schematic . .  21   G. Schematic  Legend . .  22   H. Hardware  Termination  Level .

.  24   I. Operating Diagrams . .  25   J. Embedded  Software  Description: . .  49   K. Software  Termination  Level . .  50   L. Efficiency  and  Trustworthiness . .  51   V. User  Guide . .  52   VI. Conclusion   . .  56   VII. References . .

 57   VIII. Appendix . .  58   A. Components  used  in  our  device . .  58   B. Part  List . .  63   C. Standoffs  Plastic  Short . .  64   D. Task  Distribution . .  65   IX. Description  of  the  Project . .  67   X. TI  Parts  Explanation . .  68    

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Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 4  |  P a g e     II. Introduction   The inspiration for the project came from a visit to the physics department in search of an idea. There we met with Dr. Wilford Schmidt, a Physical Oceanography professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Campus. Dr. Schmidt is currently working on a project called “Free-fall and on-bottom ADCM (Acoustic- Doppler Current Meter) measurements in the Puerto Rico Trench” at 19.75° N, 66.40° W.

The purpose of this ongoing project is to study the ocean floor of the ultra- deep-sea water (>5000m). The study includes taking samples of the oceanic water, sand composition, temperature and pressure.

The old system was composed of a buoy, an embedded circuitry and a load. The system was thrown to the ocean with a free-fall motion to the bottom of the ocean. When it makes contact with the ocean floor, a pre-programmed timer sends a signal that releases the weights used for submersion allowing the buoy to come back to the surface. The system’s strobes lights and RF beacon were always turned on before the system was submerged; this causes the batteries to be drained quickly. Our system solves the previous problems which were a lack of a user- interface, a poor circuitry layout and a poor use of power.

Our user interface connects wirelessly through Xbees and communicates with the micro-controller to obtain the data collected from the different sensors, make a diagnostic and finally run the main program. With the use of a micro-controller we built a better, more robust and more secure buoy system that worked according to the specifications.

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Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 5  |  P a g e     III. Theory   A. Buoy  System     The Buoy System1 is composed of four parts: the buoy, the crystal sphere, the load and the weight load. The buoy is responsible of increasing the buoyancy of the whole system, it allows the system to come back to the surface once it doesn’t have a weight load attached. Our device will be inside the crystal sphere which is the one that protects it from water and from the huge amounts of pressure at the bottom of the ocean floor. The load is an optional load that allows taking sand and water samples or measure the pressure outside of the buoy.

The weight load is the counter part of the buoy, if the weight load weights more than the buoyancy of the buoy the system will sink to the bottom of the ocean floor.

While we were designing the buoy we found out two important constraints in the buoy system. One of them was the space that we had inside the sphere, we only had a 17 inches diameter sphere which restricted our space to a 10 by 11 in2 area to work on. The second constraint was that the buoyancy of the whole system will be affected by the weight of our circuit. If we used a lot of batteries the weight of the system will increase and the buoys would need to be replaced so they could come back to the surface. B. Battery  Monitor     The Ultra Deep Sea Water Buoy has two different battery packs, one for the system and one for the weight release mechanism.

The battery pack of the weight release mechanism will discharge in sea water and it will drain approximately around 200mA. By having a separate battery pack for the system, a complete discharge of the release mechanism batteries will not affect the system functionality. Because of the application requirements a battery monitor chip would not be the wisest way to implement the battery life estimation. There are two different battery packs   1  Buoy  System-­‐  Refer  to  the  Figure  X  on  the  Appendix  

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Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 6  |  P a g e     of different batteries (Li-Ion Yuntong 3.7v @2650mAh and Li-Ion 3.7v@6Ah). This means that the system will need two different kinds of battery chips for a battery life analysis. The problem of having two different battery monitors is that it compromises the application efficiency by adding more code to the system and the chip count increases. Most of the battery monitor chips have features that are not needed in this application. Battery manager chips estimate the battery life by measuring three parameters: voltage, temperature and current. These three parameters are done by a built in ADC that measures the battery voltage, the temperature through a thermo resistor and implements the coulomb-counter2 technique for current integration.

All these parameters are calculated over time, battery monitor chips feature its own registers and memory for data logging and mathematical manipulation. The program that analyses the batteries calculates more information than what the system requires to, leading to a higher power consumption of the system. For example, the coulomb counting technique consists of reading through an ADC the output of a small resistor in the anode of the battery. With the voltage value obtained by the ADC at both points of the resistor and the value of the resistor, the discharge current flowing out of the battery can be calculated.

This calculated current has to be stored in memory over time for an accurate integration. The integration of the current with respect to time, estimates the charge left in the battery. Since we have a limited space (17 in diameter sphere) and power efficiency is one of the main characteristics of the system circuitry, the alternative method chosen consists of measuring the batteries voltages across the Analog to Digital Converter. By only taking into account the battery voltage for a battery life prediction the result may be unreliable3 . Coulomb Counting is recommended for precise estimation, but it is not necessary if other parameters in life estimation such a temperature are considered in the analysis.

In this application the only parameter read from the ADC is the battery voltage. With this parameter and the temperature parameter, mathematical manipulations of the   2  Coulomb  Counting  :  http://www.liionbms.com/php/wp_soc_estimate.php   3 Accurately  Measuring  Charge  Level:  http://www.maxim-­‐ic.com/app-­‐notes/index.mvp/id/3958  

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Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 7  |  P a g e     LI- ION Battery Voltage vs Battery Life%4 characteristic curve make possible a precise approximation. This way a single battery voltage measure from the ADC is sent through the Xbee to the PC to perform the approximations of the measured value. With this approach there is no battery life analysis code compromised in the system. All the battery analysis software is in the PC not in the system code. To read the battery voltage, a voltage divider is used such that the 3.3V reference voltage is not exceeded .The input calibrating voltage is 4.095Vand the voltage divider output gives 2.896V.

For example, when the ADC reads 2.896V it has to be scaled up the correction factor is added to the ADC measure to scale it up to the original voltage value before the voltage divider.

Vin-Vout(voltage divider) = correctionFactor Vout is the measure of the ADC (voltage divider output) 4.095-2.896=1.199 4.090-2.893 =1.197 4.070- 2.879= 1.191 4.000- 2.832= 1.168 3.900-2.761=1.139 3.850-2.726=1.124 3.800-2.690=1.111 Average Correction factor=1.161 for (4.095,3.450] interval 3.750-2.655=1.095 3.700-2.620=1.080 3.650-2.584=1.066 3.600-2.549=1.051   4  LI-­‐  ION  Bat  Voltage  vs  Battery  Life%  :http://www.ibt-­‐ power.com/Battery_packs/Li_Ion/Lithium_ion_tech.html  

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Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 8  |  P a g e     3.550-2.514=1.036 3.500-2.478=1.022 3.450-2.443=1.007 Average Correction Factor =1.051 for (3.750,3.450] interval 3.350-2.372 = .978 3.300 -2.337 = .936 3.250 - 2.301 =.949 3.200 - 2.266 =.934 Average Correction Factor =.949 for (3.350,3.20] interval The correction factors are applied in the ADC conversion formula.

batVoltage = ((ADCmeasurement / 4095) * 3.3) + correctionFactor. LI- ION Battery Voltage vs Battery Life% Linearization code was performed as follows: Figure  1:  Characteristic  Curve 2.5   2.6   2.7   2.8   2.9   3   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   3.7   3.8   3.9   4   4.1   4.2   4.3   20 40 60 80 100   Ba^ery   V oltage     Ba^eryLife%   Ba^ery  Voltage  vs  Ba^eryLife%  at   25  °C  

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Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 9  |  P a g e     During the Li-Ions battery life there are three different discharge rates as Figure 1.0 shows. From the linear equation: Vbat1 = BatLife*m + b 1. From 4.2v to 3.8v discharge rate of change m1 = (3.8-4.2) / (20-0 - . 02 Let Vbat1 = 4.2, BatLife = 0 4.2 =0*(-.02) + b1 b1=4.2 Equation #1 : Vbat1= -.02*BatLife + 4.2 2. From 3.8v to 3.5v discharge rate of change m2 = (3.5-3.8) / (90-20 - . 004286 Let Vbat2 =3.8, BatLife = 20 3.8 =20*(-.004286) + b2 b2=3.8857 Equation #2 : Vbat2= -.004286*BatLife + 3.8857 3. From 3.8v to 3.5v discharge rate of change m3 = (3.0-3.5) / (100-90 - .

05 Let Vbat3 =3.5, BatLife = 90 3.5 =90*(-.05) + b3 b3=8

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Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 10  |  P a g e     Equation #3 : Vbat3= -.05*BatLife + 8 The PC software5 uses the following derivation to make the approximation at 25 degrees Celsius. The corrected Voltage read by the ADC is the input of the following functions sent to PC through Xbee. From Equation #1: BatLife = (Vbat-4.2 - . 02) From Equation #2: BatLife = (Vbat-3.8857 - . 004286) From Equation #3: BatLife = (Vbat-8 - . 05) C. Sensors     The Ultra Deep Sea Water Buoy contains the following analog sensors: the accelerometer (ADXL335), temperature sensor (LM335A) and the pressure sensor (MP3H6115A).

When analog sensors are utilized their readings cannot be directly interpreted by a microcontroller. In order to get the readings we need to use the Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) of the microcontroller. The ADC of a microcontroller always uses a reference voltage called Vref to compare a sensor reading. As a rule of thumb, the maximum value of a sensor reading should be: !

!!! Vref, where n is the number of bits of the ADC When an analog sensor takes a reading the ADC interprets that voltage as a quantized number that number needs to be divided by the resolution of the ADC and then multiplied by Vref to get the actual reading of the sensor. The reading that we obtain is a close approximation of the actual reading of the sensor. If we take for example a LM335A in a 12 bit ADC and we measure a 2.76 V output from it the ADC will work as follows: = 3413.33, number converted by the ADC   5  Refer to The Flow Chart Page #43 to see the implementation  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 11  |  P a g e     Now we need to interpret that quantized number to a function of the Vref voltage, to do this you must divide the number by the ADC resolution = 2! − 1, !ℎ ! ℎ ! ℎ! !"# = 2!" − 1 = 4095 = ! ! !"#$ = 0.8335 # $ This means that the actual reading of the LM335A is 0.8335 Vref, if we multiply by Vref = 3.30 V = 0.8335 ∗ 3.30 ! = 2.75 ! This gives us a very close approximation of the actual reading of the sensor D.

Memory     The Ultra Deep Sea Water Buoy requires an external non-volatile memory to record the different values obtain by the analog sensors. To satisfy this requirement we used a SD card (Secure Digital). In order for the system to read and write from the SD card we used the SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) from our MSP430. The SPI is a serial synchronous interface where data is shifted in/out one bit at a time. The basic configuration consists on a clock signal, a Slave In Master Out (SIMO), Slave Out Master In (SOMI) and a Slave Select (SS).       Figure  2:  SPI  Basic  Connection   SPI basically consists of two shift registers, one at the master and the other at the slave.

They are both connected in a loop and each register holds 8-bits. Each time a value wants to be transferred, the device puts a new bit on its output from the most significant SCLK   SOMI  SPI   SIMO  Slave   SS    SCLK   SPI  SOMI   Master  SIMO    SS    

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 12  |  P a g e     bit of the shift register when the clock has a negative edge. The data is read into the lowest significant bit of the shift register on the positive edge of the clock. This means that a bit is transferred on each direction during each clock cycle. Once the 8-bits are filled, the contents of the registers have been transferred and the process is completed. Figure  3:  SPI  between  Master  and  Slave6   E. Wireless  Communication     Wireless is a type of communication in which the emitter and receiver are not connected through a physical medium.

Wireless communication utilizes the modulation of electromagnetic waves through space. It allows the transfer of data over a certain amount of distance where is impossible or impractical the use of wires. Our system required a wireless communication module to be able to communicate with a computer to extract and set parameters remotely without the need of having to compromise the rest of the system. To accomplish this we used the Xbee technology which uses the IEEE standard of 802.15.4. The 802.15.4 standard basically defines the physical layer and the medium access controls of wireless personal networks (low-rate wireless personal area network, LR-WPAN).

The Xbee module operates in the 2.4GHz with speeds of up 250kps. Before starting any communication with the Xbee, they need to be setup. For our application the master and slave configuration was not needed since both our act as transmitter and receiver. As for the baud rate and channel id we set them to 9600 and 1515 respectively. Another important thing that can be pointed out is that we are using the simple configuration which includes VCC, GND, DI and DO. When data enters the RF module   6  This  picture  was  taken  from  the  MSP430  Microcontroller  Basics  by  John  Davis  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 13  |  P a g e     through the DI (Data In) pin, the data is stored in the DI buffer until it can be processed.

To send data, the data enters the DO (Data Out) buffer and it’s sent out the serial port to the receiving device. If the DO buffer reaches full capacity, any incoming RF data will be lost. IV. Discussion   A. Block  Diagram       Figure  4:  Block  Diagram  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 14  |  P a g e     The ultra-deep sea water buoy is a system that can be divided into two parts. One of these parts is the embedded system that contains the different peripherals that will be controlled by a MSP430F5438. The other part is the application on the computer that is used to control certain features of the embedded system. The embedded system has several peripherals that can be divided into: analog sensors, memory, wireless communication, release mechanism and battery pack. In the analog sensors the system has a temperature sensor (LM335A), a pressure sensor (MP3H6115A), and an accelerometer (ADXL335).

These sensors are connected through the ADC ports of the microcontroller. In the memory we have a 2GB SD Card where the collected data will be saved. For the communication we have an Xbee module that is connected through the UART pins of the MSP430. It also contains an RF and strobe light for easy retrieval. The system is powered by two battery packs of 3.3v that will supply the microcontroller and a power supply of 7.4v that supply voltage to the release mechanism.

The computer application includes a GUI through which the user can control various features of the embedded system. These features include making a system diagnostics, set parameters and extract data. This application communicates to the embedded system through the Xbee that is attached to the computer.  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 15  |  P a g e     B. Power  Consumption     Msp430F5438 Operating Voltage: 3.3v Operating Current: 1 mA Operating Power: 3.3 mW ADXL335 (Accelerometer) Operating Voltage: 1.8 v - 3.6 v (Selection of 3.3 v) Operating Current: .38 mA Operating Power: 1.254 mW Xbee Explorer Operating Voltage: 2.8v -3.4v (Selection of 3.3v) Operating Current: 52 mA Operating Power: 171.6 mW LM335A Operating Voltage: 3.3 Operating Current: 1mA Operating Power: 3.3mW SD CARD Operating Voltage: 3.3v Operating Current: 44 mA Operating Power: 145.2 mW MP3H6115A Operating Voltage: 3.3 v Operating Current: 4mA Operating Power: 13.2 mW REG1117 (LDO) Operating Voltage: 3.3v Operating Current: 10 mA Operating Power: 33 mW

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 16  |  P a g e     Battery Monitor Operating Voltage: 3.2v – 4.2v Operating Current: 3mA Min Power: 9.6 mW Max Power: 12.6 mW RF Beacon Operating Voltage: 3.3v Operating Current: 32mA Operating Power: 105.6 mW Burnwire Operating Voltage: 7.70 v Operating Current: 277 mA Operating Power: 2132.9 mW Luxeon 1 (LED) Operating Voltage: 3.3 v Operating Current: 72 mA Operating Power: 237.6 mW ICC = 1mA + .38mA + 52mA + 1mA + 44mA + 4mA + 10 mA + 3 mA + 3 mA + 32 m + 72 mA ICC = 222.38mA Total Power Consumption = Total Current * 3.3V Total Power Consumption = 222.38mA*3.3V Total Power Consumption = 733.84mW Microprocessor and Components Power Supply: Battery Pack 1 – 3x 3.7v Polymer Lithium Ion Battery PRT-08484 (6Ah) 3 batteries in parallel for a total of 3.7v @ 18 Ah Burn Wire independent power supply Battery Pack 2 – 2x 3.7v Polymer Lithium Ion Battery YUNTONG YT604261(2650mAh) 2 batteries in series for a total of 7.4v@ 2650mAh

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 17  |  P a g e     Figure  5:  Battery  Life  Calculation   C. Driving  Analysis   Maximum Allowed Current through an I/O Pin MSP430F5438: 15 mA Case: Result: SD Current Consumption > Maximum I/O Current (44 mA > 15 mA) Fail Current Interface Required RF Transmitter > Maximum I/O Current (32 mA > 15 mA) Fail Current Interface Required Luxeon I> Maximum I/O Current (500 mA > 15 mA) Fail Current Interface Required MP3H6115A < Maximum I/O Current (4mA < 15 mA) Pass No Problem ADXL335 Accelerometer < Maximum I/O Current (.38mA < 15 mA) Pass No Problem LM335< Maximum I/O Current (1mA < 15 mA) Pass No Problem Xbee Wireless Chip < Maximum I/O Current (52mA > 15mA) Fail Current Interface Required

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 18  |  P a g e     D. Timing  Analysis         UCLK         SOMI       SIMO     Figure  6:  SPI  Master  Timing                               tvalid,  MO   tsu,MI   tHD,MI  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 19  |  P a g e         Request       Address       Write/Read       Ready       Data         Clock     Figure  7:  SD  Card  Timing  Diagram          

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 20  |  P a g e     E. Memory  Map     The MSP430F5438 has the following memory organization: • Memory Code Area: 256KB • RAM Memory: 16KB • Bootstrap Loader: 2KB    0x1C0A    0x1CFA    0x5C00      0x83IC   Figure  8:  Battery  Life  Calculation   The RAM memory of the MSP430F548 is divided into four sectors.

Each sector is 4KB long. The variables of the application are stored on the RAM. They start at address 0x1C0A and finish at address 01xCFA.

The code memory is divided into four banks. Each bank is 64KB long. The code of our application covers from 0x5C00- to 0x831C. Bootstrap   (2KB)   Variables   App.   code  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 21  |  P a g e     F. Hardware  Schematic   7       7  Bigger  size  available  at  the  Appendix  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 22  |  P a g e     G. Schematic  Legend     ADXL335: The ADXL335 is a low power 3-axis accelerometer. The accelerometer can measure acceleration of gravity and dynamic acceleration. It measure acceleration between the ranges from -3g to +3g.

The output signal is a voltage that is proportional to acceleration. The output for zero g is Vs/ for all supply voltages. The sensitivity of the output change with the Vs for Vs=3.6V sensitivity is 360mV/g. For Vs=2V the sensitivity is 195mV/g. LM335A: The LM335A is an analog temperature sensor. It can operate from -40 Celsius to 100 Celsius. The sensor can be easily calibrated using two resistors. We calibrate it using a variable resistance of 10KΩ and other resistor of 270Ω. With this configuration the output sensitivity is proportionally to 10mV/K.

MP3H6115A: The MP3H6115A is an analog pressure sensor for measuring absolute pressure. It measure from 15 to 115kPa with an output from 0.12 to 2.8V. We interface it using a 51kΩ between the output pin and ground. The output sensitivity is 27mV/ kPa. Vpack 5V Step-Up: The Vpack 5V Step-Up is a DC to DC voltage converter. It converts the input voltage to a higher voltage. The minimum input voltage to make it works is 1.0V. The output rage is from 3V to 6.5V but it is default set to provide en output of 5V. Luxeon I: The Luxeon I is a high power LED. It provides light with a high flux density.

The red one has a range of lumens from 50 to 102 at Vs=3.3V. Since it requires too much current to turn on we interface it using a 2n222 transistor with base resistance of 390Ω to drive it. It is used as signaling LED.

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 23  |  P a g e     REG1117: The REG1117 is a low dropout regulator (LDO). The minimum dropout voltage is 1.2V. The output can be adjusted to Vomax=13.8v from a Vinmax = 15v . The regulator is interfaced with a 10µF electrolytic capacitor in Vin node, an equal capacitor in the GND node and another equal capacitor in the Vout node. With the resistors we can vary the output Voltage. The buoy implementation has fixed R’s values. With R1=115 Ω and R2=187 Ω the output is fixed to 3.3v Battery Monitor 1: This circuit is a voltage divider of the input battery voltage.

This is required to meet the driving specification of the microcontroller. The voltage divider ha R1= 410.8 Ω and R2=1k Ω.

Design Considerations and Reliability: With the above information we can see that the sensors and devices chosen are low power and energy efficient. Due to the weight and space limitations that our system have, our design was based on low power consumption. By reducing the amount of power consumed we managed to use fewer batteries than the previous design. The design includes a system diagnostic feature that allows the user to verify if any component is measuring properly. This feature also allows the user to verify the amount of charge left on the batteries; if the batteries are low the system could be plugged in to charge the batteries.

Developing our system without a battery monitor would be a high risk because the system could be left at the bottom of the ocean floor forever. By having features like this, we make sure that the system is more reliable and secure for investigation purposes.

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 24  |  P a g e     H. Hardware  Termination  Level     The Ultra Deep-Sea Water Buoy has all the necessary hardware components for the system to perform the essential task required by our customer. Our system is the essential component of the “Buoy System” developed by Dr. Wilford Schmidt. The system currently uses a 7.4V release mechanism but in a near future we will be adding a 12V release mechanism so that the burn wire could be released faster. Another feature we will add in the future is a camera system which will be able to take pictures of living organisms at the ultra deep depths.

Dr. Schmidt also wanted to add an IPhone feature capable of setting up all the diagnostics and parameters instead of a computer. Even though this is not a critical requirement is something that we are planning to incorporate in the near future.

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 25  |  P a g e     I. Operating Diagrams Function main: This function will initialize the different components of the system. The components include the Xbee, set the ADC registers, set the timer and the memory. Also this function will enable the global interrupts of the microcontroller.

    Start   Init.  Xbee   Enable  Xbee   interrupts   Init.  Memory   Set  ADC   registers   Enable  ADC   interrupts   Init.  Timer   Enable  Timer   interrupts   Enable  Global   interrupts   Call  diagnostic Call   waitForInterrupts  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 26  |  P a g e     Function startConversions: The function startConversions is responsible of sending the command to start reading the ADC of the microcontroller. Once it detects that there have been eight readings of the sensors it calls the functions each sensor.             Yes        No                       Start   Send  command   to  start  ADC   AllRead= 8?

  Call   calcTempertature   Call   calcAcceleration(X)   Call   calcAcceleration(Y)   Call   calcAcceleration(Z)   Call  calcPressure   Call  calcBatVoltage   Set  AllRead=0   Set   flagToConvertions=0   Return   Enable  low  power  mode  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 27  |  P a g e     Function waitForInterrupts: This function will wait for interrupts to occur. Once a timer interrupt occur the timer ISR will set a flag. This function will be pending if that flag change in value. If change it will call the function to start conversions and places the flag=0. If the flag does not change its value send the microcontroller to low power mode.         YES     NO                           Start   startConvertio nsFlag=1   Call  startConvertions   startConvertionFlag=0   Enable  low  power  mode    

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 28  |  P a g e     Function runDiagnostic: This function is responsible for making the diagnosis of the different sensors and system components.

The diagnosis is based on the component that the user specifies to be tested. The user specifies the sensor on the GUI and the microcontroller will receive a char in the variable Rchar.               YES      NO   YES      NO  YES      NO    YES      NO   YES     Start   Call   startConvertions   Rchar=’1’   Rchar=’2’   Rchar=’3’   Rchar=’4’   Rchar=’5’   1   2   Extract   temperature   Extract   acceleration   Extract   pressure   Extract   acceleration   Extract   temperature   Extract   acceleration   Extract   pressure   3  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 29  |  P a g e      NO   YES      NO   YES      NO YES        NO  YES      NO   YES      NO YES      NO         NO      Yes   2   Rchar=’6’   Rchar=’7’   Rchar=’l’   Rchar=’b’   Rchar=’c’   Rchar=’t’   Rchar=’9’   3   3   Extract   pressure   Extract   temperature   Extract   pressure   Extract   acceleratio n   Turn  On   Strobe   Test  battery   level   Clear   memory   Test   temperature   1   Return   Extract   temperature  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 30  |  P a g e       Function AccelerationPeak: This function is called when an acceleration peak is detected.

When is called it will check if the flag loadPresent=1 and if the final time has elapsed. If both conditions are true proceeds to send the signal to the burn wire. The signal will remain active until the system detects change in acceleration. On the other hand, if this function is called and flag loadsPresent=0 and the final time has elapsed it will program the timer to blinking the strobe light and send the signal to activate the RF.

                                    Start   Final  time   has   elapsed   loadPrese nt=1   Send  signal  to   burn  wire   Change  in   accelerati on?   Disable  signal  to   burn  wire   Set  loadPresent=0   Reset  timer   Final  time   has   elapsed   Program  timer  to   blink  strobe   Send  signal  to   turn  RF   peakFlag=1     Return  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 31  |  P a g e       Function calcTemperature: This function is responsible for converting the values that has been read by the ADC to temperature in Kelvin. Once the temperature is calculated it sends the value to be storage in memory.

          YES      NO                         Start   Index=0,  temp=0,   temperature=0     Index

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 32  |  P a g e       Function calcPressure: This function is responsible for converting the values that has been read by the ADC to pressure in kPa. Once the pressure is calculated it sends the value to be storage in memory.             YES      NO                       Start   Index=0,  temp=0,   pressure=0     Index

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 33  |  P a g e       Function calcAcceleration: This function is responsible for converting the values that have been read by the ADC to acceleration in g’s. Once the acceleration is calculated it sends the value to be storage in memory.

If this function determines a negative acceleration peak it will call the function acceleration peak.            YES      NO                       Start   Index

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 34  |  P a g e          YES        NO    YES     NO          NO     YES                   1   Axis=x   Axis=z   accY

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 35  |  P a g e     Function calcBatVoltage: This function is responsible of getting the battery voltage measurement. It converts the value reading by the ADC to a voltage level. This voltage level will be used to estimate the battery life of the system. The CorrectionFactor8 scales the ADC measurement to the input voltage.                                     8  Refer  to  the  Theory  were  the  Battery  Monitor  is  explained  to  understand  the  CorrectionFactor.

  Start   Index=0,  temp=0,   batVoltage=0     Index

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 36  |  P a g e       Function  Transmit:   This  function  is  responsible  of  communicating  the  microcontroller  with  the  PC   application.  The  main  task  is  to  sending  the  data  thought  the  transmission  buffer  (TX)  r   to  the  received  buffer  (RX)  of  the  Xbee  that  is  connected  to  the  computer.                    NO     YES    YES  NO                 Start   Prepare  the  byte  to  be   transmitted   All  bytes  are   already   transmitted?   Transmission   buffer  is   ready?   Transmit  byte   Return  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 37  |  P a g e       Function  Timer  ISR:   This  function  has  three  main  tasks:  real  time  clock,  set  the  flag  to  start  the  conversion   and  blinking  the  strobe  light.

 We  are  using  the  timer  A0  with  a  clock  of  32  KHz  and   default  terminal  count  of  1024.  Each  time  the  clock  reach  1024  we  make  readings  of  the   different  analog  sensors.   On  the  blinking  task  we  make  two  different  re-­‐program  of  the  terminal  count  of  the   timer  because  we  want  the  strobe  to  stay  more  time  off  than  the  time  that  it  is  turn-­‐on.   Like  a  65%  of  the  period  turn-­‐off  and  35%  turn-­‐on.            YES  YES      NO  NO               NO       Start   Acceleration   Peak?   Strobe  light   is  off? Turn  on   strobe   Re-­‐program   the  terminal   count   Turn  off   strobe   Re-­‐program   the  terminal   count   Set  flag  to  start   conversions   Counter++   Counter>32   1   Seconds++ Counter=0   YES  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 38  |  P a g e                                                   1   Clear  Timer   count   Disable  low   power  mode   Ret  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 39  |  P a g e         Function  ADC12  ISR:   This  function  is  responsible  to  handle  the  analog  to  digital  converter  (ADC)  interrupt.   When  the  interrupt  occur  this  ISR  will  storage  the  values  contained  on  the  ADC  register   to  an  array  for  future  calculations.  Also  this  function  will  set  a  flag  to  indicate  that  eight   readings  of  the  analogs  sensors  have  been  done.

                                      Start   Index=0   Storage  the  ADC  registers   on  the  different  arrays   Index++   Index=8?   Set  allReads   flag=1   Index=0     Disable  Low   power  mode   Ret  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 40  |  P a g e     Function saveData: The function saveData takes two parameters, a float number “value” and an integer “type”. The float number will be the data to be saved and the integer is the type of data to be saved. The purpose of this function is to save the value to an SD card.                                     NO   NO   Start   Set  temporary  variables:   int  temp=  0,   char  toSave[10],   temp  =  size(toSave)   i=0     type  ==  1   (Pressure)   A     B       type  ==  2   (Temperature)   YES   YES   C       YES   type  ==  0   (Acceleration)   A’     B’     C’  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 41  |  P a g e           accPosition

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 42  |  P a g e                                               pressPosition

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 43  |  P a g e                                                         tempPosition

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 44  |  P a g e     User  Interface  Software  Plan   Main  Function:   This Function shows the User Interface to the user, initializes all the parameters and connections and checks for click_events, which is the function that is invoked once the user makes a click on the interface.

If the done button is clicked, the user interface will send a signal through the Xbee so the microcontroller knows that the application was terminated. As soon as the signal is sent the application will terminate.                        YES        NO           Start   Init  GUI   DONE  =  1?   Exit   Call  Click_Event   Toggle  Finished   Signal  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 45  |  P a g e     Click_Event  Function     This function is in charge of displaying the different views of the User Interface. If the Diagnostic View is clicked it toggles the Diagnostic View and erases the previous view, and it will do the same if the Data Read view is clicked.   YES   NO   YES . Start   Diagnostic   Clicked?   Data  Read   Clicked?   Toggle  Diagnostic   View   Toggle  Data  Read   View     Ret    

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 46  |  P a g e     Extract_Button  Function   This function verifies if the temperature, acceleration or pressure checkboxes were marked by a user click.

When the extract button is clicked then it will send the proper character according to the checkboxes that were marked. The character is sent through the Xbee and lets the microcontroller know the data that will be extracted from the SD Card.     All   Marked?   Send  “6”   Send  “7”   Start   Temperature   Marked?   Acceleration   Marked?         Send  “1”   Send  “2”   Send  “3”   Send  “4”   Send  “5”   Pressure   Marked?   YES   YES   YES   YES   YES   YES   YES   NO   NO   NO   NO   NO   NO   RET tart   Acceleration&&Temp    Marked?   Acceleration&&Pressure    Marked?   Temp&&Pressure    Marked?   NO  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 47  |  P a g e     System  Diagnosis  Function   This function sends the proper signal to the microcontroller, the signal is a character that lets the microcontroller know which component is being tested. The components are the battery monitor, temperature sensor, pressure sensor, RF beacon, strobe light and the accelerometer. yes no yes no yes no yes no yes no yes no Start   Temperature   marked?   Battery  life   marked?     Pressure   marked?   Rf  marked?   Strobe  light   marked?   Acceleromete r  marked?   Send  “b”   Send  “t”   Send  “p”   Send  “r”   Send  “l”   Send  “a”   RET tart  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 48  |  P a g e     Li-­‐IonBatteryAnalyzer  Function   This  function  approximates  the  battery  life  percentage  with  the  read  measure  from  the   Xbee.  The  code  uses  the  linear  approximation  equations  of  the  BatVoltage  vs  BatLife%.   yes no yes no yes Start   inputVoltage=0;   batLife=0;   inputVoltage=   readInputVoltage();   inputVoltage< =4.2  &&   inputVoltage   >=3.8   inputVoltage   >4.2   inputVoltage   >4.2         inputVoltage< 3.8  &&   inputVoltage   >=3.5   inputVoltage   >4.2   inputVoltage   >4.2         inputVoltage< 3.5  &&   inputVoltage   >=3.0   inputVoltage   >4.2   inputVoltage   >4.2       batLife=  (inputVoltage-­‐4.2)/ ‐ .

02)   batLife=  (inputVoltage-­‐3.8857)/ ‐ . 00428)   batLife=  (inputVoltage-­‐8)/ ‐ . 05)   RET     batLif e  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 49  |  P a g e     J. Embedded  Software  Description:     When we turn on our device the microcontroller will enter to the diagnosis state. In this state the user can verify if all system components works properly. After finish the diagnostic state the system enters to the free fall state in which the system is collecting data until it detects an acceleration spike. Once that spike is detected the device pass to the activate release mechanism state. After the loads are released the next state is the upward state in which will collecting data until it detects another acceleration spike.

Once that last spike is detected the system enters to the retrieval state. On the diagnosis state using the computer application the user can test all of the system components. The user can send different commands to: turn on strobe, get measurements of temperature, acceleration and pressure. Also the user can extract the data that was previously saved to the memory. When all components are tested the user send the finish diagnostic command and the system will pass to the free fall state. When the system is on the free fall state it will be collecting the data of the different sensors. This data will be stored on the memory for future retrieval.

Each time it reads the acceleration of the system will verify if a negative spike is measured. When the spike occurs the device will enter to active the release mechanism. On the release mechanism state the system will send a signal to turn on the release. This signal will cause that the burn wire get burned. The mechanism will be active until the system detects a change in acceleration. Once the system change in acceleration is detected the system turn off the signal and enters in the upward state. The upward state is very similar to the free fall state the system will be collecting data of the different sensors and store it on memory.

Once an acceleration spike is detected the system enters on the retrieval state.

On the retrieval state the system will sends signals to turn on the strobe light and turn on the RF. The strobe and the RF will be blinking until the buoy is retrieved by the user. Then the user can simply turn off the device or retrieve the information.

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 50  |  P a g e     K. Software  Termination  Level     The software of our device is divided into two parts: the embedded software and the computer application. The device software provides all the functions that are necessaries to do the main functionalities of the system.

Also the computer application provides all the necessaries basic functions to control the device. The embedded software implements the functions that control all the peripherals of the microcontroller. This function includes the calculation of acceleration, temperature and pressure, the blinking strobe light and the release mechanism. Also we have implemented the functions that manage the collection of data which include sending data to memory and retrieving it from memory. We also added the function to communicate the embedded system with the computer application. This function is responsible of establish the connection and the exchange of data between the microcontroller and the computer application.

We still need to do an optimization of the functions to send and receive.

The computer application provides a user interface (UI) that allows the user to interact with the system. The UI implements all the basic functionalities to control the system. It includes the functions to send and retrieve data from microcontroller. Also it provides the function to make the diagnosis. The UI can be improved to add more functionality that depending of the arrivals of new requirements by the customer.            

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 51  |  P a g e     L. Efficiency  and  Trustworthiness   The efficiency and reliability of an embedded system is an important part that should be considered in the design time.

Efficiency does not mean having a high speed microcontroller. The speed of a system will directly affect negatively the power consumption. With more efficient software the system will require a lower speed which helps to save power. To achieve efficient code and use the least amount of power we take several aspects into consideration. First we use a modular code where each of the functions has a specialized and unique task. We also try to use the simplest algorithms that could perform the required work. Also avoid the excessive use of conditionals and loops because these statements do not only affect efficiency but will also affect the reliability of the system.

Another aspect that we consider in our design was to use the interrupt and low power modes. The analogs to digital, the timers and the serial communication were served by interrupts. The use of interrupts allows the microcontroller to perform other task while is waiting to serve that component or simply set the microcontroller to low power mode. The reliability of our system depends greatly on the failure tolerance that the software would provide. To solve the failure tolerance we add a diagnostic function that must be executed as soon as the system turns on. With this function we can verify that all components are working properly.

One of the key components that our software must manage is the mechanism release. The software must ensure that this mechanism is activated and that it really burns the burn wire. To solve this problem the software combines the activation of the signal with the accelerometer. Once the mechanism receives the signal it should keep activated until a change in acceleration is detected. This change in acceleration will predict that in fact the cable was burnt and the loads were released.

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 52  |  P a g e     V. User  Guide     We start by giving a typical scenario of the Ultra Deep Sea Water Buoy User Interface. The user can utilize this application to verify that the sensors are measuring correctly and to extract the data that was stored on the SD card. The following images show both applications of the user interface and how to access the user interface. The display of the user interface may change in a near future, but the functionality will remain the same.

The scenario starts by opening the application, to do this the user will just double click an icon on the Desktop of the computer.

When the application start it will show the main view, in this view the action button will be the only button that interacts with the user. If the action button is clicked then another panel will show allowing the user to select between the read data and diagnostic menus. The read data menu will allow the user to select the data that he wants to retrieve from the SD memory. The temperature, acceleration and pressure data are all available to be selected through a checkbox; the user marks the data that he wants and clicks the extract button to retrieve it. The data will be stored in the Desktop through a .txt file.

The diagnostic menu will allow the user to measure and test all the devices that are incorporated in the system. The user can verify the LED lights, RF beacon, battery percentage and measure data from the temperature, pressure and acceleration sensors. If the user is satisfied with the obtained outputs the button “done” may be clicked to prepare the buoy system to be dropped to the bottom of the ocean floor. By clicking the “done” button the application will automatically close and send a signal to our device so the microcontroller knows that it should be ready to enter the free fall state.


Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 53  |  P a g e     Ultra  Sea  Water  Buoy  Application:       Figure  9     Ultra  Deep  Sea  Water  Buoy  User  Interface  Main  Screen     Figure  10  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 54  |  P a g e     User  Pressing  the  Action  Button  of  the  User  Interface   Figure  11     User  selecting  the  Read  Data  option  from  the  Figure  1.2     Figure  12  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 55  |  P a g e     User  selecting  the  Diagnostic  option  from  the  Figure  1.2     Figure  13                          

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 56  |  P a g e     VI. Conclusion     After all the initial system requirements were reviewed, the final result is a device that meets the client expectations. The system is capable of storing and obtaining the data of acceleration, temperature and pressure while is ascending or descending to the ocean. The system uses the Xbee radios effectively to communicate to a computer and send the data that was stored on memory. The system also meets with all the limitations that were given by the client. Some software design choices were made which allow the user to verify the amount of charge that is left on the batteries.

These choices include writing efficient code, minimizing loops, conditionals and using interrupts wherever possible. In order to save power and space we used lithium polymer batteries which are smaller and lighter. We had to do this because our system had space and weight constrictions.

Some improvements for our system include: a 12V battery upgrade for the burn wire. Doing this the system will be able burn the wire quicker and thus giving us more battery life. Another enhancement our system will have in the future is the camera and light system which will be able to take pictures of the marine life at great depths. Our customer, Dr. Wilford Schmidt, would also like an IPhone application to replace our current computer application. This device could be a part of another system where a data gathering or a release mechanism is needed. Our device could be very useful for different applications that require traveling long distances underwater where data collection might be needed.

Another application for our device could be in the military were ultra deep water exploration is needed.


Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 57  |  P a g e     VII. References     National Semiconductor.(2009). Characteristics of Rechargeable Batteries. Retrieved on 4, 2011 from http://www.national.com/appinfo/power/files/f19.pdf Maxim Innovation Delivered. (2011). Accurately Measuring Charge Level. Retrieved on 4,2011 from http://www.maxim-ic.com/app-notes/index.mvp/id/3958. Li-Ion BMS. (2008). Estimating the State the State of Charge of Li-Ion batteries. Retrived on 4, 2011 from http://www.liionbms.com/php/wp_soc_estimate.php. IBT Power. (2001). Lithium Ion Technical Data.

Retrieved on 4, 2011from http://www.ibt-power.com/Battery_packs/Li_Ion/Lithium_ion_tech.html. Davies, J. (2008). MSP430 Microcontroller Basics. Newnes. Lutz, B. (2000). MSP430 Mixed-Signal Microcontroller Application Reports. Texas Instruments.

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 58  |  P a g e     VIII. Appendix   A. Components  used  in  our  device     SD  Card  Memory  Dongle     Xbee  Chip     Xbee  Dongle      

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 59  |  P a g e       Xbee  USB  Dongle     LM335A  Temperature  Sensor     ADXL335  Accelerometer     MP3H6115A  Pressure  Sensor  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 60  |  P a g e       MSP430  100-­‐Pin  Target  Board       MSP430F5438IPZ  Microcontroller      

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 61  |  P a g e     5V  Relay       Li-­‐Po  Battery  Charger       Luxeon  I  (High  Power  LED)          

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 62  |  P a g e       2GB  SD  Card         TTA-­‐100  (RF  Transmitter)    

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 63  |  P a g e     B. Part  List     Item  Number Quantity Part  Number Description Part  Reference Value   1 1 BQ20Z40EVM-­‐001 Battery  Manager BQ1 $0.00   2 3 MSP430F5436 Micro-­‐Controller U1 $11.20   3 2 XBEE-­‐1B3 Xbee  Wireless  Chip U2 $22.95   4 4 LM135 Temperature  Sensor  (Analog) U3 $1.50/each   5 2 5  Pack  Step  Up $9.95   6 2 MP3H6115A Barometric  Pressure  Sensor U4 $9.95   7 1 ADXL335 Accelerometer  Breakout   Board   $24.94   8 4 NPN  2n2222  Transistor U5 $8.00   9 1 LUXEON  I High-­‐Luminance  LED U6 $5.95   10 10 Capacitors  (100nF,  10uF) $15.00   11 1 SD SanDisk  2  GB U7 $1.97   12 1 BOB-­‐00204 SD  Breakout  Board U8 $9.95   13 1 XBEE_EXPLORER Xbee  Dongle  Board U11 $9.95   14 1 TTA-­‐100 RF  Transmitter U12  $209.95    15      16    1      2    PRT-­‐08484     PRT-­‐08483   3.7  Volts/6Ah  Polymer   Lithium  Ion  Battery   3.7  Volts/  2000mAhPolymer   Lithium  Ion  Battery   BT3-­‐5     BT1&BT2   $39.95     $33.84    17  2  PRT-­‐10161 USB-­‐LiPoly  Battery  Single  Cell   Battery  Charger   $29.90  

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 64  |  P a g e      18 2 REG1117 Single  Output  LDO,800mA,   Adj(1.25  to  13.5V)   1-­‐2A $0    19 2 COM-­‐00100 Relay  SPDT  Sealed     U13 $1.95/each   20 1 Target  board MSP430  Target  Board $75.00   21 5 PRT-­‐08815 ProtoBoard $4.50/each   22 5 PRT-­‐00444 C. Standoffs   Plastic  Short   $1.95   23 3 PRT-­‐09389 Jumper  Wires  Premium  6"  F/F   Pack  of  10   $3.95/each   24 3 PRT-­‐00116 Break  Away  Headers-­‐  Straight $2.50/each   25 4 Potentiometers $13.95   26 1 MAX-­‐5000/30 RF  Tracker $1069.00     Total:$1655.20                      

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 65  |  P a g e     D.

Task  Distribution     Tasks Manuel J Orán Omar Roldán Rafael Vázquez Giovanni Viera 1.Finding a problem x x 2.Solution to problem x x x x 3.MCU Selection x X x x 4. Poster/Web Page & Operating Chart x x x x 5. Schematics x x x x 6. Part List x x 7. Timing & Power Analysis x x x 8. BDv3 x x 9. Xbee x x 11. Strobe and Light sensor Controller x 12. Accelerometer x 13. Thermometer x

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 66  |  P a g e     Sensor 14. Pressure Sensor x 15. Power Supply x x 16. Battery Monitor x 17. User Interface x x 18. Memory x 19. Software Integration x x 20. Hardware Integration x x 21. Burnwire Launcher x 22. Prototype Mounting x x x x        

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 67  |  P a g e       IX. Description  of  the  Project     The Ultra-Deep Sea Water Buoy System consists on three important parts: the circuitry which is the part that takes care of all the sensors and peripherals, a load which an additional device used for different tasks (include a barometer to measure outside pressure or a fish trap or and a water and sand gathering sample tube).

The third part is the buoyancy system, which includes the two buoys and a counterweight mechanism that allows the whole system to travel to the bottom of the ocean.

Our project consists on the circuitry, which basically is the heart and brain of the complete system. The circuitry consists of a power supply and the micro- controlled peripherals. The micro-controlled system consists of a TI MSP430F5 series micro controller, an accelerometer, a barometer, a LED strobe light, a RF Transmitter, a temperature sensor, an Xbee module for wireless communication, a memory card, and a circuit to activate the release mechanism. The system works in the following matter: First the system is powered on, once it is “powered on” it goes to the system diagnostics, which in this case is controlled using a computer and communicates to the system wirelessly.

In the diagnostic all the sensors, and lights can be tested to ensure the system is working property. Once the user is done with the diagnostic and closes the Graphical User Interface, the system starts collecting data from the sensors and starts saving in the Memory Card. When the system touches the ocean floor (about three hours later) a spike in acceleration occurs therefore signaling the MCU to activate the release mechanism. After the release the signal is stopped and the system start ascending to the surface. Once at the surface the accelerometer detects changes in acceleration, which this triggers, the RF Transmitter and LED Strobe lights so that we can find the system in the middle of the ocean.

Ultra  Deep-­‐Sea  Water  Buoy 68  |  P a g e         X. TI  Parts  Explanation   1. MCU à We used a TI MSP430F5438. We chose the MSP430F5 series because our project required several I/O ports and UART ports for the completion of our design. We could have used another TI MCU but this was the one available that fed all our needs. The MCU benefitted our design in that it allowed us to easily incorporate the Analog sensors without the need of an external Analog to Digital Converter (ADC). Another benefit was that the MS430F5438 and its board provided us with a 32KHz clock without the need of an external circuit and clock.

2. LDO à We used TI REG1117 which is a Single Output LDO, 800mA, Adj(1.25 to 13.5V). This IC allowed us to effectively obtain 3.3V from the 7.4V that we have in the power supply. This chip helped our design because without this chip we would have to find another way to regulate the voltages so that the system would work. With the REG1117, our system was reduced in hardware, which was key in the designing due to our weight and space constraints.

3. Battery Monitor à We used TI’s BQ20Z40EVM-001 battery monitor to monitor the battery life and system overall power consumption. Due to a complication in the interfacing with this battery monitor we opted to use the BQ20Z40EVM-001 with the provided interface from TI. The BQ20Z40EVM-001 really benefited us to measure the true power consumption and the currents being drawn by the system, but due to a failure in communicating with the MCU, the BQ20Z40EVM-001 only communicates with the computer through a USB cable. For that reason the BQ20Z40EVM-001 is only being used in firm ground for testing and comparisons.


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