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Making Waves

Welcome to All Sensors “Put the Pressure on Us” blog. This blog brings out pressure sensor aspects in a variety of applications inspired by headlines, consumer and industry requirements, market research, government activities and you. In this blog we’ll be discussing artificial waves created by underwater gates and hydraulic pumps.

Making Waves

If you are not lucky enough to be within an easy drive from an ocean, a few companies make machines to generate waves, so you can surf where you live. The oldest location in the U.S., called Big Surf (1969), is in the middle of the desert in Arizona. With 15 underwater gates and hydraulic pumps, 50,000 gallons are released in 1.7 seconds creating 40-foot wide,  5-foot high waves that advance over a 2 ½ acre pool. The waves occur every minute.


Surfing in the desert. Courtesy of Big Surf.

One wave machine manufacturer uses air pressure to create a variety of waves with reproducible point, beach and reef breaks. The largest waves generated by wave machines are about 3 meters (9.8 ft). In addition to pumping the water to heights of 9m (29 ft) or so, the pumping system also pushes the water through filters to keep the water clean.

Pressure sensors can be used at various points in the system to monitor the status of the process.

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-Han Mai, Senior Marketing Specialist, All Sensors Corporation (hmai@allsensors.com)