EVALUATION OF A NEW TECHNOLOGY NEARLY DRY SUIT (MAC 200) FOR THE CANADIAN AIR FORCE OPEN OCEAN STUDY

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Authors
  1. Durnford, W.
  2. Potter, P.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);CORD Group Ltd, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
Abstract
The CORD Group LImited had received a request from the Department of National Defence to assist in the evaluation of the Mustang Nearly Dry (MAC 200) Immersion Suit. The Mustang MAC 200 is a novel approach to immersion protection recently developed and under consideration for the use in the Canadian Air Force. The suit system is reported to have advantages in the comfort and mobility and DND through the Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine wished to test the thermal performance of the suit to determine it's appropriateness for use. The scope of work was to provide comparative data on the performance of the Mustang MAC 200 using the standard CF lifejacket and the Mustang MD1128A lifejacket on a thermal manikin and on human subjects in controlled and constant wave conditions and in open sea conditions. DCIEM will compare the data between the manikin and the human subjects. The controlled wave conditions tests were conducted at the Institute of Marine Dynamics (IMD), in St. John's Newfoundland and the open sea trials were conducted of the approaches to Halifax harbour. During the tests at IMD, a run was conducted in calm, 20 cm and 70 cm waves for each suit configuration. Normally the manikin is run with all sections at the same uniform skin temperature. TRUNCATED
Keywords
Dry suit;Dry suits;Immersion suits;Thermal instrumented manikins;Wave conditions
Report Number
DCIEM-98-CR-03;R97-021 — Contract Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Nov 1997
Number of Pages
20
DSTKIM No
98-01342
CANDIS No
508204
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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