Evaluation of Survival Suits for the Use of the Crews of the Great Lakes Carriers.
Final rept. Oct 72-Apr 73,
BATTELLE COLUMBUS LABS OHIO
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Survival in cold water is very short, making abondon-ship processes often fatal due to immersion hypothermia. Report covers development of an evaluation and ranking scheme for survival suits to be used under winter conditions. Four commercially available suits Imperial Survival Suit, Imperial Type H Deck Suit, QD-1 Anti-Exposure Garment, and Empress Suit were evaluated. Suits ranked as stated, in decreasing order of excellence for abondon-ship use. Suits were issued to crews of Great Lakes carriers, and opinions of crew members were obtained. Criteria were developed for an optimum survival suit, and a scenario of the abondon-ship process was developed for assessing probability of survival during ship abandonment. An informal field evaluation of suits was performed. Author
- Escape, Rescue and Survival