This feasibility study pertained to defining requirements, surveying available equipment, devising and evaluating concepts, and making recommendations for development of a self-contained environmental control unit. A modular approach with field replacement is deemed necessary to conserve weight; otherwise, the ECU weight and bulk becomes cumbersome. Adoption of a head/vest water cooled undergarment with ice canisters for heat sinking is advised over use of filtered air cooling. A self-contained rebreather apparatus with a mask inside a protective helmet is recommended as a breathing supply. Both cooling and breathing modules are recommended to be located external to the protective suit. Use of the present POTMC protective suit with the modular ECU concept appears feasible, but evaluation will be required. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    MSA Research Corporation

    Evan City, PA  United States 

    United States Coast Guard

    2100 Second Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20593
  • Authors:
    • McGoff, M J
    • Mausteller, J W
  • Publication Date: 1978-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 116 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00198993
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MSAR-78-58, USCG-D-04-79
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-73210-A
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Nov 7 2002 12:00AM