Alvin Upgrades

Alvin Upgrades

Engineered Syntactic Systems (ESS) has been a key contributor in the Alvin upgrade, producing the new 6500 meter rated syntactic buoyancy material as well as the manufacturing of the individual components. ESS staff have worked closely with the WHOI Alvin team on all aspects of the buoyancy production.

 

Engineered Syntactic Systems (ESS) has been a key contributor in the Alvin upgrade, producing the new 6500 meter rated syntactic buoyancy material as well as the manufacturing of the individual components. ESS staff have worked closely with the WHOI Alvin team on all aspects of the buoyancy production.

 

The syntactic foam that ESS was able to provide to Alvin is one of the key upgrades that now allows the sub to explore deeper depths within the ocean. The syntactic buoyancy material gives Alvin the ability to dive 2,000 meters deeper than it could previously, this upgrade gives the sub access to 99% of the ocean floor. Alvin is the only deep submersible vessel in the United States that has the ability to carry humans to such depths. Once all the upgrades to Alvin are completed next summer, the sub will have the capacity to study the lower Abyssal Zone and the upper Hadal Zone, the two deepest zones within the ocean. Alvin is due to dive again in September, 2021.