Rankin Seawater Facility
Avery Point Campus
UConn Marine Sciences
1080 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340
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The dry laboratory is a 600 square foot workspace designed for instruction of small classes, research and integration of monitoring and control equipment with wet lab arrays. The lab has ample perimeter counter and cabinet space, a center island bench, fume hood, and general use sink. A large window permits visual monitoring of approximately 75% of the wet lab floor space, and hardwire instrumentation links are facilitated by a through-wall mouseport.
The 2,400 square foot wet laboratory can supply up to 250 GPM of seawater through a high-flow pressurized distribution system. The distribution system also features a flexible design which allows for closed, semi-closed or open system flow configurations, depending upon experimental requirements.
Raw water is drawn directly from Long Island Sound from a depth of 4 meters at a location about 40 meters seaward of the lab. Two 7.5 horsepower pumps, each with a redundant backup, provide up to 250 GPM to the distribution headers in the overhead of the wet laboratory. This water is not treated in any way and represents ambient water conditions. The temperature and pH of the discharge water are monitored for reporting purposes.