New Wave Media

January 30, 2020

MacArtney, INFN to Test Underwater Connectors

Photo: MacArtney

Photo: MacArtney

MacArtney to supply and test several underwater connectors for INFN - the National Institute for Nuclear Physics.

INFN for the IDMAR Research Infrastructure in Sicily supports, among others, the KM3NeT (Cubic Kilometre Neutrino Telescope) infrastructure in the Mediterranean Sea. MacArtney Underwater Technology will be working with INFN for the duration of a system solution project to provide junction box mechanical frames and pressure vessels designed to host OPAs (Optical and Power Assemblies) for the connection of neutrino detection units from the seabed.

Connected from the shore station by approximately 100 kilometers of high-speed electro-optical cable, the MacArtney supplied junction boxes can provide a complete connectivity unit for power and data transmission. Submerged on the seabed at a depth of 3,500 meters, the working depth of the pressure vessel and OPA requires fully connected pressure testing at 350 bar.

Real-life pressure testing has been available in a dedicated facility at MacArtney headquarters in Denmark since the 90s. The hydrostatic pressure testing can currently simulate operating conditions at up to 8,000 meters of ocean depth. The realistic subsea operating conditions generate accurate results, and the entire process can be computer-controlled, enabling electrical and optical measurements to be carried out in real-time.

The ongoing scope of supply for INFN includes:

  • Junction box mechanical frames 1.1
  • Junction box mechanical frames 2.0
  • Pressure vessels (hosting OPA)
  • Pressure vessel spare, for qualification
  • Teledyne ODI Connectors

MacArtney will be expanding their hydrostatic pressure testing capability to 14,000 meters of ocean depth. Testing to additional safety margins of up to 1.5% has become increasingly important as customers strive to understand the practical limitations of their technology.

DenmarkMediterranean SeaNational Institute
Marine Technology Reporter takes a deep dive into Oceanography in its February 2021 eMagazine edition, including insights on the GO-BGC Array Project to Monitor Ocean Health.
Read the Magazine Sponsored by

EcoCTD: A novel underway profiler for high resolution ocean research

Marine Technology Magazine Cover May 2021 - Hydrographic Survey Sonar

Marine Technology Reporter is the world's largest audited subsea industry publication serving the offshore energy, subsea defense and scientific communities.

Marine Technology ENews subscription

Marine Technology ENews is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for MTR E-news