10.1.5.2 Marine or Brackish Installations

When installing the Levelogger in salt or brackish water or in a liquid having a specific gravity (density) different than fresh water, the density difference is compensated for by inputting the density of the monitored fluid in the Datalogger Settings window for the LTC Levelogger Junior and the Levelogger Gold Series (see Section 5.1). Also, see Section 8 for details in compensating the Levelogger Edge and Levelogger Junior Edge for fluid density differences.

The Levelogger Edge can be used for monitoring in salt or brackish water. However, long term use of the stainless steel body Levelogger Junior Edge, LTC Levelogger Junior, Levelogger Junior and first generation LTC and LT Leveloggers in salt or brackish water is not recommended, as the salt or other pollutants may cause pitting which can lead to perforation of the Levelogger’s casing. To minimize this effect, regularly lift the Levelogger from the liquid; within seconds a thin protective layer will be formed by oxidation. Again, this precaution applies to the Levelogger Junior Edge, LTC Levelogger Junior, Levelogger Junior, and first generation LTC and LT Leveloggers.

If using these dataloggers in a continuous salt/brackish monitoring scenario, the stainless steel body of the datalogger can be protected in a manner similar to the freezing protection method described in Section 10.1.5.1. The Levelogger can be placed in balloons and the balloons filled with non-corrosive/ non-toxic fluid. As pressure changes, the fluid encasing the loggers will transmit the pressure differential to the datalogger’s pressure transducer. Care must be taken in the selection of the balloon material or filling fluid such that the balloon material prevents diffusion of salts across the concentration gradient or that the filling fluid is comprised of polymeric molecules too large to diffuse out of the balloon material.