The study is devoted to an analysis of Personal Flotation Devices (PFD). An analytical model is developed which allows the PFD designer to select desirable PFD characteristics based on a typical accident scenario. In addition PFD design criteria are established based on wearability, physical effectiveness, and reliability parameters. Each of these parameters is analyzed in detail and their effect on PFD design discussed. PFD components and materials are surveyed and space age developments are analyzed for potential PFD application. The survey includes: inflation techniques, fabric and plastic materials, valves, puncture proofing, detection and automatic actuators. The design of an advanced PFD is developed using the analytical techniques and materials and components study. A prototype PFD is constructed and tested to verify the analysis.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Operations Research, Incorporated

    1400 Spring Street
    Silver Spring, MD  United States  20910
  • Authors:
    • Dayton, R B
  • Publication Date: 1974-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 128 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099442
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ORI-TR-861 Final Rpt., USCG-D-76-75
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-31446
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1975 12:00AM