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Magnetic Compass - Oral COC

Magnetic Compass - Oral COC

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Magnetic compass: The coefficients are the mathematical representation of the deviation caused in the compass due to permanent

and induced magnetism. Coefficient A: Real A and Apparent: Real A is the deviation caused by the Magnetism induced in the unsymmetrical horizontal soft iron. Correction: Not corrected and allowed for like gyro error. Apparent A The deviation caused due to various physical factors like: • The magnetic axis of the needle not aligned on the north south line of the card, • The lubber line not on the centre line of the vessel • The compass not set in the F/A line and on the F/A line • Variation application error • Calculation error when calculating the LHA of the sun. • Prismatic errors by the observer Correction: Not corrected and generally allowed for. In case of lubber line misalignment shift the lubber line. Coefficient B: the algebraic sum of Bi and Bp.

Induced B (Bi) Caused by magnetism induced in the vertical soft iron components around the compass Varies with the latitude as the vertical component of the earths field Maximum at the poles and minimum at the equator. Changes signs with the hemisphere Deviation is Maximum on the East west courses. Deviation is nil on N/S course Correction: Corrected by using the Flinders bar either forward or aft of the compass (depends on the ship construction) The height is adjusted using wooden supports to place the pole in line with pole of magnetic needle.

Once the vessel is back in higher latitudes.Permanent B (Bp) Caused by the permanent magnetism displayed by the vessels permanent structure in the Fore and Aft direction Polarity depends on the direction where the vessel was headed when being built. Following methods can be used: Magnetic equator method: This is the easiest and practical method and can be carried out every time the vessel is in magnetic equator. Take a bearing on East and west and determine the value of Bp. Use of single magnets is not advisable and better correction by uniform field can be achieved by the use of a number of magnets placed at varying distance from the needle. Head the ship on the east or west direction and adjust the position /number of the Fore aft and magnets to nullify the deviation. Remains permanent and does not change signs with change of hemisphere The value remains same in all latitude Maximum deviation is caused at the E/W headings. At the equator the Bi is nil since the vertical component of the earth’s field does not exist and all deviation of B is due to Bp only. Nil deviation on N/S headings Correction: Corrected using the permanent magnets in Fore and Aft direction (Like for like principle use and equal and opposite pole) An easterly deviation indicates that the ship has a blue pole attracting the red needle (+Bp) hence this is corrected by using a Fore and Aft magnets with red pole facing forward. The F/A correctors are placed in two lines on port and starboard side due to the presence of the Heeling error magnet bucket in the centre ( in order to maintain symmetry on both sides The corrector magnets are not to be placed nearer than twice their length to enable uniform magnetic field. all the deviation being caused at the East/West headings is due to Bi only) . Correction procedure for B Split the components in to Bp and Bi. Repeat the above procedure to eliminate and calculate the deviation due to Bi but eliminate the deviation by adjusting the Flinder bar’s position and numbers (Having corrected the Bp at the equator. Take a magnetic bearing by observing a distant object (15-16 miles) and obtain bearings on 8 cardinal points and average the values to obtain the magnetic bearing. Correction can be effected by using as many magnets required to nullify the deviation.

Change in latitude/hemisphere does not change the net deviation since both the horizontal and athwartship components change proportionately. Two different latitude method: The coefficient of B is noted at 2 different latitude that are widely separated. In case where the symmetry is disturbed or if the compass is not lying at the center the Ci can cause deviation. Thus it is called a quadrantal error. This is maximum on north south courses Does not change value with latitude or Hemisphere Correction: This deviation is corrected by the use of Athwartship permanent magnets. This is formed during the ships construction. No correction or adjustment is made to the corrector magnets. Correction: This is eliminated by the use of Flinder bar which is slewed out to cancel the effects of asymmetry. Usually Ci gets cancelled out if the compass is situated in the centre. A calculation is made and then Bp and Bi values found are eliminated separately using Flinder bars and F/A magnets Co-efficient C: This is the algebraic sum of Ci (Induced) and C (p). Co-efficient Cp: This is the deviation caused by the permanent magnetism of the ships athwart ship component. The proximity of the compass in the usual construction of vessels results in the atwartship component causing the deviation. Home coaster method: Since the vessel is going to be on the coast and there will be no appreciable change of latitude and all the deviation caused on the E/W courses is corrected by the use of F/A method. Correction: Quadrantal error corrector sphere are used (Soft iron spheres also called the Kelvin’s sphere) The vessels construction results in +D (Easterly deviation in NE course) . Since the Latitude is not changing the Bi will also not change and has been eliminated by the F/A method. Coefficient D: This is has 2 components the Fore / Aft and Athwartship component but the deviation is mainly caused by the Athwart ship soft iron only.Compass adjuster method: With his experience on similar vessel the adjuster allots a value of deviation for Bi and corrects eliminates that amount if deviation caused by Bi by adjusting the position of Flinder bars. Ci is the deviation caused due to magnetism induced in the vertical symmetrical soft iron on the port and starboard side of the compass. (ICHAS – Induced continuous horizontal athwartship soft iron). An equal and opposite pole to that of the ships pole is used to nullify the deviation. This deviation is maximum on quadrantal courses and nil on cardinal courses. Then the Bp is eliminated by adjusting the fore aft permanent magnet position and numbers.

Maximum on North south courses and nil on East/West courses. This has 4 components: 1. The bucket is attached to a chain and its position can be adjusted by adjusting the chain. Vertical induction of Horizontal athwartship soft iron as the vessel rolls. This is corrected by the slewing of Kelvin’s spheres at their athwartship position to cancel this deviation. Changes in polarity with the hemisphere. Deviation due to Induction of vertical soft iron component below the compass. Heeling error is corrected by the use of Vertical permanent magnets Heeling error magnets in a bucket placed below the compass. . Deviation due to Vertical component of the ships permanent magnetic field. Coefficient J (Heeling error) This is the mathematical representation of the deviation caused when the vessel is heeled to port or stbd by 1 deg. Maximum deviation on North and South courses 4. Maximum deviation in the north and south courses and does not change with latitude or hemisphere. This is corrected by the presence of Kelvin’s spheres. At the equator the bucket is placed at its lowest position and farthest from the compass. The bucket has holes to vary the number of magnets. terminating below the compass position. In southern hemisphere it will be low sided deviation and in the northern hemisphere it will be high sided deviation. Maximum on North and South courses but changes in strength and polarity with latitude and Hemisphere (Corrected by Heeling error magnets) 3.Coefficient E This is caused due to induced magnetism in the horizontal soft iron located symmetrically about 45 deg from the compass position. As the latitude increase the bucket is placed closer to the compass by adjusting the bucket. (Corrected by Heeling error magnets) 2. Horizontal induction of Fore and Aft soft iron.

position and number of all correctors Deviation curve Name of the vessel Name of the adjuster Date and place of adjustment of compass 11. 4. 10. The alcohol is used to prevent the water from freezing and the water is added to prevent the alcohol from evaporating. Terminating material is those ships material that can produce magnetic poles above or below the compass in any direction 13. The heeling error bucket is in the way and hence in order to maintain symmetry the F/A correctors are placed on both sides for Bp correction. . 7.D to give horizontal stability to the card movement and also the buoyancy for the card itself to reduce friction at the pivot point. The object chosen for swinging should be at least 15 miles (to avoid parallalax error) 5.3. This is a combination of alcohol and distilled or Bayol. One magnetic compass is required and one more if there is no Gyro at the steering position 9. 6. It should be kept safely stowed where it is away from magnetic influence and any shock. Magnetic bearing of an object is found out by taking bearings of a chosen object from all cardinals adding all the values and then dividing by the number of cardinals. In case of Bayol it is a special liquid and has the R. Two correctors at bottom are preferable to one single corrector at the top in order to avoid parallax error and also to produce uniform field. 8. The following information is available from the deviation card: Size. The efficiency of the compass can be ascertained by the following: The value of the deviation after correction should be low and symmetrical on all headings The directional force especially at higher latitudes Steady movement on all headings 12.

(Latitude correction) 16. 21. Head the vessel in East or west heading. The deviation should come back to the same value if it does not then the Flinder bars is exhibiting hard iron properties and needs to be annealed to bring back its soft iron properties. 19. The larger of the two should be corrected first 17. The Flinder bars are offset to eliminate the Ci deviation due to unsymmetrical VSI on one side.When the new vessel has just been delivered from the yard After one voyage of the new vessel where the magnetic characteristics have settled down When in an old vessel the deviations begin to be large and unsymmetrical etc At least once every two a year to check the total deviation on all headings When the vessel has been laid upon one heading for a long time When considerable alteration has been done to the ships steel work When the vessel has suffered severe force by way of collision or contact with structures or the vessel was on fire or struck by lightening When the ship has loaded magnetic cargo 14. Large yaw appearing on North/south course is due to Heeling error. Head on quadrantal course and check the deviation. The Coefficient B has to be adjusted since it has not been split correctly. 20. At the lowest position farthest from the Compass needle 18. 15. Invert the compass and wait for a while. Check the deviation. The process of annealing removes the permanent magnetism and returns them to their original state of soft iron (ensure to cool them slowly in air) . Then Slew the spheres through 90 degrees and 180 degrees and wait for some time after which recheck the deviation if not same then the spheres have lost their soft iron properties and needs to be annealed. Correct it with the heeling error bucket.

Check deviation card details Ascertain if all the details in the card and the correctors are in place. 24. Prism errors etc) 23. Magnetic compass positioning. They correct the Quadrantal error (Coefficient D) They improve the direction force of the compass and hence the readings are better They also correct the 3rd cause of Heeling error 25. Used for calibrating the VFI prior correcting the Heeling error. lights. 27. away from off shore structures is used Ensure all spare correctors. Measure the fore and aft line accurately using yard sticks and realign the bolts on the compass bottom to bring it in the line and on the line 26. devoid of obstructions (magnetic materials). having good under keel clearance.22. magnetic anomaly. 28. The ships multiplier also referred to as λ2 and is the ratio of the ships directional force and the earth’s directional force and is a figure little less than 1. Check the condition of the compass bowl and the glass Check for any bubbles Check for the free movement of the gimbals Check for the free movement of the card by using a magnet to deflect the card Check the Flinder bars and the spheres for any signs of Permanent magnetism Check if the binnacle is in the F/A line and on the fore aft line Check the accuracy of the mirro by taking one celestial bearing and one terrestrial bearing. Bubbles etc) Ensure that a good swinging area free from traffic. binnacles etc is stowed away. . Check for apparent A error causes (Lubber line. movement of card. Yes as long s the new compass is in good condition. The vessel should be in sea going condition with all her equipments in place and secured (Cranes etc) The vessel should be upright and possible on even keel Any unnecessary metal/magnetic materials to be removed from the vicinity of the compass Check the initial position of all correctors as per the deviation card Check the condition of the compass (binnacles.

An approximated value is corrected for 3-4 degrees when the compass is heading east or west. 15 miles from a conspicuous object Free from traffic / focal point Away from metal structures. outfalls etc Deep water (UKC / Turning circle) No Magnetic anomalies 30. Procedure for compass correction Tentative swing: Decide on the direction of swing Commence the swing (Tight turning circle) Obtain magnetic bearing of a distant object at all cardinals and get the average of this value which is the magnetic bearing. A true bearing of the astronomical object should be continuously taken to ascertain the True bearing and subsequently the magnetic bearing can be obtained by taking off the variation. . In cases where there is –ve Bi (Funnel /Mast forward of the binnacle) the Flinder bar is placed aft of the Binnacle. Analysis method: Analysis of the various deviations are carried out and correctors placed.29. A magnetic bearing is obtained and used as a reference to correct the deviation. Head East take bearing and remove all deviation using F/A correctors (Bp) Head South take bearing and remove all deviation using Athwartship correctors (cp) Head West take bearing and remove Half of Deviation using F/A correctors Head North take bearing and remove Half of Deviation using athwartship correctors (cp) Head in NE (inter cardinal) heading take a bearing and remove half of the deviation using Spheres Head in SE take bearing and remove half of the deviation using F/A correctors (Bp) Make a full swing and get a deviation curve and see if the deviation observed is symmetrical and of low value. On ships with +ve Bi (usually) the Flinder bar is placed Forward of the binnacle. They are correcting for Coefficient E (Induce asymmetrical horizontal soft iron in F/Aft plane). Co-efficient Bi – Flinder Bars Flinder bar is first placed to adjust the Bi. If vessel’s position is exactly known the true bearing can be obtained and taken out from the variation gives the Magnetic bearing.

. Permanent Bp – Head the vessel in East west direction obtain the Bearing and compare with the magnetic bearing obtain the deviation and using F/A magnets correct it. Flinder bars: These should be placed first since they will correct Bi but create a D error which has to be corrected by the spheres. The Larger of the B or C should be corrected first. The difference in bearing is the deviation due to D. Now obtain Bearing on Inter cardinal headings and average out the magnetic bearing. Their presence increase the directive force hence the bearings are better in quality and accuracy. Now corrections should be made for Ci and E and A if any. The Heeling error magnets are adjusted in number and position of buckets adjusted so as to make the VFI needle horizontal. Order of placing magnetic correctors: 1. Carry out a complete swing and obtain deviation card. The heeling error corrector bucket for correcting (J) 4. Confirm the low value of deviation and also the symmetry. Permanent Cp Head the vessel on North / South heading and obtain Bearing compare with magnetic bearing and obtain deviation. Move the spheres closer till the deviation is removed. Record all the position of the correctors. Use the VFI instrument and adjust the heeling error bucket position to cancel out the heeling error. Vessel is steadied on the east west course and the bowl removed and replaced with the VFI in the same position as the compass needle would be. 2. These are best left uncorrected and applied for. Bp and Cp which ever of them is the largest. The Kelvin’s spheres are to be used to correct D and they will also be correcting the 3rd cause of Heeling Error (Athwartship horizontal). (Number and color) Position of carrying out the swing. Thus the heeling error is removed for that latitude. 3. Heeling error correction: Co-efficient J Obtain the value of ships multiplier and adjust the shore to ship Hf ration using the VFI (Vertical force instrument). Using athwartship magnets correct it.Coefficient D – Kelvin’s spheres Take a bearing on the cardinal heading (all four) and average out the magnetic bearing. Correct it by adjusting the Spheres. The VFI is calibrated ashore.

how will you correct This ship has a Red forward hence has been corrected by using the blue end forward.westerly deviation how to correct Bring the quadrantal error correctors (Kelvin’s spheres) more close as they are supposed to produce +E correction Vessel laid up in Fleetwood for 2 months and now proceeding of westerly heading found large deviation what is the deviation likely to be easterly or westerly? Easterly Why is the ship swung slowly To avoid gaussing error .Additional questions: How to correct heeling error if noVFI available Head the vessel on the North/South course and Heel the vessel and adjust the heeling error magnets and bucket position to correct deviation due to heeling error. Vessel heading east – Deviation is 9 degrees. But too much of Blue corrector so either reduce the Magnet or increase the distance to reduce the deviation by 8 degrees Vessel heading SE. you found the Blue end of the corrector in forward position. What is the distance of the corrector from the compass needle Not less than twice the length of the correctors in order tohave a uniform correcting magnetic filed.

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