INTEGRATION OF THE CANADIAN FORCE'S CLEARANCE DIVER ENSEMBLE. FINAL REPORT - PHASE 2 AND 3

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Authors
  1. Uglene, W.V.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Mustang Survival Research Div, Richmond BC (CAN)
Abstract
Three different prototypes of an integrated Canadian Forces' Clearance Diver Ensemble were constructed. These prototypes combine the existing components of the in-service ensemble onto a single vest, as opposed to being distributed over two separate harnesses. Integration reduced the amount of materials used, in particular, nylon webbing and components such as fasteners and buckles. It is anticipated that ultimately, material and manufacturing costs of the CF diving ensemble could be reduced by such an approach to integration. Since integration streamlined reducing the overall bulk of the ensemble, it is anticipated that donning/doffing times will also be reduced and that underwater performance may be improved. A prototype of an emergency flotation device (EFD) was included in the design. While this device may assist a diver with initiating and maintaining a stable, face-up position at the water surface, this remains to be verified by actual CF divers. This report provides photographs of the prototypes along with rationale for and descriptions of the approaches to integration, materials and manufacturing techniques that were implemented.
Keywords
Dry suit;Dry suits;CUMA (Canadian Underwater Minecountermeasures Apparatus);CCDA;SIVA55;Floatation devices;Load carriage;Ergonomics
Report Number
DCIEM-98-CR-42 — Contractor Report (Final)
Date of publication
05 May 1998
Number of Pages
46
DSTKIM No
98-02766
CANDIS No
509681
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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