UNIVERSITY SEALAB: DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF A SATURATION DIVING FACILITY FOR THE NATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHIC COMMUNITY.
NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIV DURHAM ENGINEERING DESIGN AND ANALYSIS LAB
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Two detailed conceptual designs of saturation-diving systems are presented that meet the most immediate requirements of potential scientific-diver users who need saturation-diving techniques to accomplish their individual research objectives. The objective of this design program is to present a design that is within the state of the engineering art either as successfully demonstrated in previous saturation-diving habitat experiments or in other fields of engineering effort where the experience is applicable. The OSCILAB system takes the approach of placing almost the entire saturation-diving system on the bottom. This ship-shape submersible laboratory relies upon a ballasting system to raise and lower itself rather than depending upon a surface crane. The laboratory is towed to any particular site by a reasonably small vessel which can be leased and calls for a minimum of specialized surface support facilities. The SEADOPOD system has its beginnings in the already operational elevator-chamber systems that have been developed by commercial organizations in the United States. However, because of the requirements of the diver-scientists, the elevator-pod which carries the divers from the pressurized deck living facility to the bottom is considerably larger and undoubtedly more comfortable than commercial models.
- Biological Oceanography
- Submarine Engineering