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New long-life sparker

11th April, 2013 | 2 minute read
By Gavin Willoughby, Business Development Manager

With a long career in technical sales, marketing and management, Gavin joined applied acoustics as sales manager in 2004. Committed to delivering the best possible customer service, he has overseen the company’s international growth alongside Adam, culminating in two Queen’s Awards for exporting achievement.

Applied Acoustics introduced its evolutionary new sparker at Ocean Business in Southampton. The Dura-Spark 240, the latest in a long line of seismic sound sources manufactured by the company, offers high resolution sub-bottom data, up to 25cm, in water depths up to 1000m.

The new Dura-Spark has been designed to provide a stable, repeatable sound source for sub-bottom geophysical surveys. Its new features include long life, durable electrodes that produce a consistent pulse signature and keep operational maintenance to a minimum. This provides increased equipment reliability and survey efficiency as the sparker tips rarely need replacement.

Flexibility is achieved by having 3 arrays of 80 tips allowing the operator to tune the source from the vessel to its application. In addition, a selectable source depth allows the sparker to be used in both shallow and deep waters.

The new Dura-Spark is based on the CAT300 catamaran that provides a stable platform whilst under tow and is easily deployed from all survey vessels. Its seismic power is supplied by the Applied Acoustics CSP-N, an industry leading design with exceptional safety standards, offering 2000J/s peak discharge rate.

The Dura-Spark 240 is ideal for high and ultra-high resolution geophysical surveys for both single and multi-channel data acquisition. Now with long life, durable electrodes the Dura-Spark 240 will set new standards for quality and reliability together with unparalleled operational cost savings.

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