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Damage Control Technology - A Literature Review

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The costs associated with personnel and maintenance account for approximately 70 of the total operating costs of a ship. Of these costs more than 50 are associated with personnel. As the Canadian Forces have made the reduction of the total operating costs of ships a priority, approaches to the reduction in crewing levels without jeopardizing operational capabilities and safety are being investigated. Of particular concern is how labour intensive tasks, such as damage and fire control, can be carried out on ships with reduced crewing levels. To aid in addressing the challenges arising from attempts to reduce crewing levels and maintain or enhance damage control, DRDC Atlantic initiated a project entitled Damage Control and Crew Optimization. This project has several objectives including a state-of-the-art review of damage and fire control technologies, modeling and simulation of damage control activities and the evaluation of how automation will affect crewing levels required to maintain damage and fire control capabilities, identification of materials with enhanced damage and fire resistance, and the evaluation and demonstration of wireless condition monitoring systems In this memorandum the literature pertinent to developments in damage and fire control technologies that have the potential to allow reduced crewing while maintaining damage control capabilities has been reviewed. The technologies include damage control systems, fire and damage sensors, fire suppression agents and techniques such as water mist, gaseous agents and aqueous fire fighting foams, smart valves, ventilation control and fire hardened materials. In addition, specifications for and manufacturersvendors of fire and damage control systems and hardware are reviewed.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Safety Engineering

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