MICROCOMPUTER-BASED WATER QUALITY MONITORING AND CONTROL SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$71,776.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
10665
Agency Tracking Number:
10665
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1214 Grimsley Dr, Charleston, SC, 29412
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Paul R Hadley Iii
Principal Investigator
(803) 795-9071
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
THE BUSINESS OF AQUACULTURE HAS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN THE UNITED STATES IN RECENT YEARS. THE USE OF INTENSIVE AQUACULTURE TECHNIQUES IN THE U.S. HAS PLACED AN INCREASING EMPHASIS ON MAINTAINING WATER QUALITY. DEVELOPMENT OF A LOW-COST AND RELIABLE AUTOMATED WATER QUALITY AND FEED CONDITION MONITORING AND CONTROL SYSTEM WOULD PROVIDE BOTH RESEARCH AND COMMERCIAL AQUACULTURISTS WITH A MEANS OF MAINTAINING WATER QUALITY FOR HATCHERY, NURSERY, GROW-OUT AND FEED PRODUCTION SYSTEMS. INFORMATION GATHERED FROM BOTHRESEARCH AND COMMERCIAL AQUACULTURISTS AND INSTRUMENT MANUFACTURERS HAS INDICATED THAT FOUR ELEMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO DESIGN AN APPROPRIATE MONITORING/CONTROL SYSTEM: (A) AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE BIOLOGICAL, PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PARAMETERS CRITICAL TO AQUACULTURE; (B) EXPERIENCE IN INSTRUMENTATION (AND CALIBRATION); (C) MICROCOMPUTER PROGRAMMING CAPABILITY; AND (D) EXPERIENCE WITH CONTROL DEVICES AND ELECTRONIC THEORY. TO DATE THERE HAVE BEEN NO COORDINATED EFFORTS TO INTEGRATE THESE FOUR ELEMENTS TO PRODUCE A COMPLETE SYSTEM OF MONITORING AND CONTROL FOR AQUACULTURE. UTILIZATION OF OFF-THE-SHELF ENVIRONMENTAL SENSORS MICROCOMPUTERS AND CONTROL DEVICES INTEGRATED BY SOFTWARE MODULES WOULD GO FAR IN ALLEVIATING THE PROBLEMS ATTENDANT TO MAINTAINING WATER QUALITY IN INTENSIVE AQUACULTURE SYSTEMS.

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