University Sealab. Model Tests for a Saturation Diving Facility for the National Oceanographic Community.
NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIV DURHAM ENGINEERING DESIGN AND ANALYSIS LAB
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Model test programs to investigate certain dynamic performance characteristics of two saturation diving systems are described. SEADOPOD employs a support barge which services a diving capsule or pod capable of delivering a four-man, diver-scientist team to and from depths of 300 feet. The pod elevator mechanism consists of a main winch and support cable, two constant-tension guy lines, and a transloader control which acts to decouple barge heave motion from the pod in order to maintain a more stable platform for the diver-scientists. OSCILAB is a habitat-laboratory vehicle permitting four diver-scientists and two diver-crew members to live and work at depths of 300 feet for a period of two weeks under saturation diving conditions. The laboratory is capable of lowering and raising itself but relies on surface for normal power, monitoring, and surface mobility. Author
- Marine Engineering
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods