SHIPBOARD EVALUATION OF EXPERIMENTAL MODEL I BUOYANT INSULATED COLD WEATHER JACKETS
NAVAL SUPPLY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FACILITY BAYONNE NJ
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A service evaluation of experimental buoyant permeable and impermeable cold weather jackets was conducted during two consecutive winters aboard aircraft carriers and destroyers. The extended evaluation was conducted to assess the protective properties, fit, and durability especially of the buoyant insulation of the garments. The jackets were insulated with unicellular polyvinyl chloride foam PVC which provided sustained emergency buoyancy as an integral component of the jackets. This feature is not provided by the standard Navy A-2 Intermediate Cold Weather Jacket and A-1 Extreme Cold Weather Jacket when the liner is removed. Test results indicated that the new jackets furnished satisfactory, functional utility and environmental protection and that the PVC foam was suitable for use as an insulating material. The tests also revealed certain design short-comings of the impermeable jacket which will require correction.
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