A Study of Several Approaches for Supplying a Diver with Warm Breathing Gas.
NAVAL COASTAL SYSTEMS LAB PANAMA CITY FLA
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Recent investigations have shown that a diver working in cold water below 500 feet for extended periods of time must be provided with a warm breathing gas. Several practical approaches for supplying the diver with a warm breathing gas were investigated. The approaches investigated were influenced by their applicability to the U. S. Navy scuba Mark-11. This system uses warm water to heat the diver, and, therefore, is the only heat source considered. A thermal analysis of the Mark-11 yields theoretical temperatures throughout the system for helium-oxygen gas mixture at 1000 feet and for air at surface pressure. The same analysis is made considering insulated system components. The other approaches investigated were a heat exchanger, heated breathing hose, and a heated back pack. The advantages and disadvantages of each approach are discussed. Author
- Life Support Systems