Accession Number:

AD0285269

Title:

NUCLEAR SUBMARINE ATMOSPHERES. ANALYSIS AND REMOVAL OF ORGANIC CONTAMINANTS

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1962-09-10

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

This laboratory has carried out a program of sampling and analysis of the atmospheres of nuclear submarines for the identification and estimation of organic contaminants. Most of these organic compounds have been found to be hydrocarbons. The total hydrocarbon content of submarine atmospheres was initially very high but has decreased to very low values in many cases by means of careful control measures. Individual aromatic hydrocarbons have been isolated with an estimation of their concentrations. The principal sampling method is based on the exposure of activated carbon on shipboard followed by desorption of the carbon in the laboratory. The most useful means of removing organic contaminants from the submarine atmospheres are combustion by means of a catalyst and adsorption by activated carbon contained in large filter beds. Calculations of the effectiveness of these measures under various conditions of use were made based on typical analytical data. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Submarine Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Organic Chemistry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE