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Gill WindSonic Anemometer

Product code: WS1 | WS2 | WS3 | WS4

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The WindSonic wind speed and direction sensor range utilise proven ultrasonic technology from Gill Instruments. This 2-axis ultrasonic wind sensor has no moving parts and is maintenance-free and easy to install. The WindSonic is compatible with RPR's SpaceLogger data loggers and the WeatherFile Communication Unit (WCU) delivering a complete end to end IoT connected wind speed and direction monitoring solution.

A WindSonic connector is required for wiring to the sensor.

Sensor also available in white by request only.

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WindSonic Anemometer Description

The WindSonic solid-state ultrasonic technology provides many advantages over conventional cup anemometers and vane sensors. Having no moving parts that can jam, break or wear out makes it the sensor of choice for harsh weather conditions and remote locations when you need to know you can just fit and leave without fear of failure or damage that occurs with traditional cup and vane sensors.

WindSonic sensors come in four variants and are suitable for a wide range of wind monitoring applications, including marine & offshore (ships, data buoys) and land based installations. With a corrosion free polycarbonate construction and no moving parts, this ultrasonic wind sensor eliminates the need for expensive on-site maintenance, particularly in remote locations where access is difficult.

Gill WindSonic sensors come in four main options:

• WindSonic Option 1: Transmits using RS232 standard communication. Compatible with RPR's SpaceLogger data loggers and the WeatherFile Communication Unit (WCU) for distances less than 20 metres and when the electrical environment is benign.
• WindSonic Option 2: Transmits using RS422/RS485/NMEA communication standards. Compatible with RPR's SpaceLogger data loggers and the WeatherFile Communication Unit (WCU) for distances over 20 metres. For use where there may be heavy duty electrical equipment in operation in the vicinity.
• WindSonic Option 3: Transmits using RS232 or RS422/RS485/NMEA and analogue outputs, used when an analogue output is specifically required. Note if used with our WS-15A display output must be set to RS422/485. Analogue output type may be selected from 0-5V, 0-20mA or 4-20mA.
• WindSonic Option 4: SD1-12 output. Features include low power consumption (<2mA in standby) and a vector or scalar rolling average function providing 1 minute average and 1 minute maximum speed with associated direction.

Configuring the WindSonic Sensor:

WindSonic sensors can be configured using the free software provided to select the output rate and units of measurement that suit the application. WindSonic automatically transmits an anemometer status code with each output to indicate its operating status. This ensures accuracy and reliability.

To change the setting of a WindSonic sensor from the default factory settings, it is possible to communicate with the sensor direct from a PC using HyperTerminal (or similar terminal emulation package). Use the WindSonic RS232 Configuration Cable for easy connection to a PC and power supply.

Applications

• Remote wind monitoring stations
• Road & rail tunnels
• Building controls
• Environmental field sites
• Data buoys
• Ports & harbours
• Marine vessels
• UAV's
• Mobile weather monitoring vehicles
• Small airports & helipads
• Coastal weather monitoring stations
• Yacht clubs
• Golf courses
• Tower crane operation
• Health and safety
• Educational
• Wind turbine, renewable energy

Features

• Wind speed & direction sensor
• Compatible with SpaceLogger data loggers
• WeatherFile cloud solution ready
• Units of measure: m/s (default), knots, km/h, mph, ft/min, degrees
• Excellent accuracy: Speed ±2% @12m/s, Direction ±3° @12m/s
• Wide wind speed range: 0 to 60 m/s (116knots, 134 mph)
• True 0-360° operation with no dead band
• Wide operational temperature range: -35°C to +70°C
• Low start up speed (0.01 m/s)
• Fast start-up
• Lightweight
• Low power consumption
• No moving parts
• IP66 rated, robust, high strength construction
• Solid-state, no need for on-site calibration or maintenance
• Corrosion free exterior
• 4 sensor options depending on output
• 24 months warranty
• NMEA output

Physical Dimensions 142mm diameter x 160mm
Weight 0.5 kg
Mounting Pipe mounting 1.75 in (44.45mm) diameter
Material LURAN UV stabilised black thermoplastic
Performance Wind speed Range 0 to 60 m/s (116 knots, 134 mph)
Accuracy ±2 % @ 12m/s
Resolution 0.01 m/s
Threshold 0.01 m/s (0.02 mph)
Response time 0.25 sec
Wind direction Range 0 to 359° (no dead band)
Accuracy ±3° @12 m/s
Resolution
Response time 0.25 sec
Outputs WindSonic Option 1 RS232
WindSonic Option 2 RS232
RS422/RS485
NMEA 0183
WindSonic Option 3 RS232
RS422/RS485
Analogue 0-5V, 0-20mA or 4-20mA
NMEA 0183
Output rate 0.25, 0.5, 1,2 or 4 outputs per second (Hz)
Parameters output Polar wind speed and direction or U & V Vectors, anemometer status
Units kt, m/s, km/h, mph, ft/min
Serial output format Polar (speed and direction)
UV (2 axis, signed speed) or
Marine NMEA 0183 v3 sentence MWV
Serial output baud rate 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200 or 38400
  click on the Overview tab for details of the default serial output
Power Power requirements WindSonic 1 & 2 5 to 30 V dc
WindSonic 3 7 to 30 V dc
  From 5.5 mA @ 12 V
Start up time <5 seconds
Environmental Temperature Operating range: -35°C to +70°C
Storage range: -40°C to +80°C
Humidity Operating range: <5% to 100% RH
Protection Class IP65
EMC EN 61326: 1998
Miscellaneous MTBF 15 years
Warranty 2 years
Quality system Manufactured within ISO9001 quality system

The manufacturer reserves the right to amend the specification and therefore the information in this document may be subject to change

  WindSonic WindSonic 75 WindSonic M
Wind Speed Specifcations  
Range 0-60 m/s (116 knots) 0-75 m/s 0-60 m/s (116 knots)
Accuracy ±2% @ 12m/s ±2% @ 12m/s ±2% @ 12m/s
Resolution 0.01 m/s (0.02 knots) 0.01 m/s (0.02 knots) 0.01 m/s (0.02 knots)
Response Time 0.25 seconds 0.25 seconds 0.25 seconds
Threshold 0.01 m/s 0.01 m/s 0.01 m/s
Wind Direction Specifcations  
Range 0-359° (no dead band) 0-359° (no dead band) 0-359° (no dead band)
Accuracy ±2% @ 12 m/s ±2% @ 12 m/s ±3% @ 12 m/s
Resolution
Response Time 0.25 seconds 0.25 seconds 0.25 seconds
Measurement  
Ultrasonic Output Rate 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2 or 4 Hz 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2 or 4 Hz 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2 or 4 Hz
Parameters Wind speed and direction or U and V (vectors) Wind speed and direction or U and V (vectors) Wind speed and direction or U and V (vectors)
Units of Measure m/s, knots, mph, kph, ft/min m/s, knots, mph, kph, ft/min m/s, knots, mph, kph, ft/min
Outputs  
Outputs RS232, RS422, RS485, NMEA 0183, SDI-12 RS232, RS422, RS485, NMEA 0183 RS232, RS422, RS485, NMEA 0183
Baud Rate 2400 to 38400 2400 to 38400 2400 to 38400
Power Requirement  
Wind Speed & Direction Sensor 5-30 VDC, 7-30 VDC, 9-30 VDC Options.
From 5.5mA @ 12 V
12-30 VDC
From 5.5mA @ 12 V
5-30VDC (5.5mA @ 12V)
Heating (optional) No No 24V AC or DC (4.2A @ 24V)
Start-up time: < 5 seconds
Mechanical  
External Construction LURAN S KR 2861/1C ASA/PC LURAN S KR 2861/1C ASA/PC Al. Alloy 6082 T6
Size 142mm x 160mm 142mm x 160mm 142mm x 160mm
Weight 0.5kg 0.5kg 0.9kg
Environmental  
Protection Class IP66 IP66 IP66
Operating Temperature -35°C to +70°C -35°C to +70°C -40°C to +70°C (with heating)
-35°C to +70°C (without heating)
Storage Temperature -40°C to +80°C -40°C to +80°C -40°C to +80°C
Operating Humidity <5% to 100% RH <5% to 100% RH <5% to 100% RH
EMC EN 61326: 1998 EN 61326: 1998 EN 61326: 1998 & BSEN 60945
Impact Resistance n/a n/a UL2218 Class 1
Operational  
MTBF 15 Years 15 Years n/a
Warranty 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years
Warranty 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years
Factory Calibration Traceable to National Standards Traceable to National Standards Traceable to National Standards