A computer simulation of a hypothetical Great Lakes winter-season ship sinking casualty indicates that current survival systems wil save 28 percent of the crew. In order to raise the percentage saved, improvements are needed, not only for group survival craft such as lifeboats and liferafts, but also individual survival equipment. An individual survival system was developed that provides man-overboard protection and a ship-abandonment mode for individuals. The system consists of a work jacket and a ship escape system. The work jacket has been tested with human subjects in 30 degree F water, 20 degree F air, and 20-mph winds. Tests were terminated after 42 minutes because of subject's discomfort. The ship escape system was tested under similar conditions, and the test was terminated after 4 hours, although survival time can be extrapolated to 8 to 10 hours.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 529-538

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00167651
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: V2, OTC 2875 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1977 12:00AM