Accession Number:

AD0654159

Title:

UNIVERSITY SEALAB: DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF A SATURATION DIVING FACILITY FOR THE NATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHIC COMMUNITY.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIV DURHAM ENGINEERING DESIGN AND ANALYSIS LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1967-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

298.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Biological Oceanography
  • Submarine Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE