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Commercially Available US Divers Regulators
Test rept. Jan-Mar 1994
NAVY EXPERIMENTAL DIVING UNIT PANAMA CITY FL
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Evaluations were conducted to determine which commercially available open-circuit SCUBA regulators were capable of meeting performance goal standards for Navy use. Bench testing of all candidate regulators was conducted to establish flow patterns and air delivery capacity. Unmanned testing using a breathing simulator at ventilation rates of 22.5, 40, 62.5, 75, and 90 Lmin at test depths of 0 to 60 msw O to 198 fsw, in 10 msw 33 fsw increments was conducted to determine work of breathing WOB values. Each candidate regulator mode was subjected to five runs each. The mean WOB value was then compared to the Performance Goal Standard of 1.37 Joules per Liter JL at 60 msw 198 fsw by using a one sample T-test with a significance established at P0.05. Testing was conducted in ambient temperature water, approximateLy 21 deg C 70 deg F, with supply pressures of 10.34 and 3.44 MPa 1500 and 500 psi. in addition to this testing, cold water regulators were tested in -2.2 deg C or -0.5 deg C 28 deg F to 31 deg F water to determine candidate regulators propensity for freeze-up. Manned testing was conducted in two phases to subjectively rate regulator performance as well as fit and function. Phase one consisted of dives in the Ocean Simulation Facility OSF to 58 msw 190 fsw and phase two consisted of open sea dives not exceeding 40 msw 130 fsw. Open-Circuit SCUBA Regulators, Cold Water Open-Circuit SCUBA Regulators, Authorized for Navy Use ANU list, Work of Breathing WOB, Respiratory Minute Volume RMV.
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