BUOYANCY AND STABILITY CHARACTERISTICS OF THE HUMAN BODY AND PERSONNEL FLOTATION DEVICES

A study was directed toward providing a technical basis on which to judge statistically the effectiveness of buoyancy and stability provided by personnel flotation devices for the general boating population. A detailed theory of PFD buoyancy and stability has been formulated. Statistical methods for evaluating the adequacy of the buoyancy and stability provided by a PFD in terms of fraction of the population adequately served have been developed. Tasks performed include a literature search, a theoretical analysis of the problem, a measurements program on a limited population to determine relevant physical characteristics, a statistical data analysis program to illustrate the adequacy of added buoyancy and stability in terms of fraction of the population served, and the design of a larger-scale test and analysis program to obtain statistically reliable data on the general boating population. ( Author )

  • Corporate Authors:

    Little (Arthur D), Incorporated

    Acorn Park
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02140
  • Publication Date: 1970-3-31

Media Info

  • Pagination: 128 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00007044
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 25 1973 12:00AM