Accession Number:

ADA254146

Title:

The Intrusion of Engine Exhaust into the Passenger Areas of Recreational Power Boats

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jun-Dec 1990,

Corporate Author:

JOHN A VOLPE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS CENTER CAMBRIDGE MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

50.0

Abstract:

Tests were run to measure the concentrations of carbon monoxide that accumulate in the passenger spaces of two recreational power boats during routine cruising operations. Results indicate that during certain phases of operation, carbon monoxide from the exhaust of the primary propulsion engines of the power boats can intrude into passenger spaces. The carbon monoxide can build up to significantly high levels to pose a health and safety threat to power boat passengers and crew. The accumulation of carbon monoxide in the passenger spaces during operation was closely related to the characteristics of the air flow about the boat a combination of boat speed wind and true wind. The boats tested were twin-engined cruisers with engine exhaust exits located on the sides of the boat at the water line.

Subject Categories:

  • Safety Engineering
  • Combustion and Ignition

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE