Thermal protection in life rafts: assessment of occupant heat balance and development of performance criteria environmental conditions, raft factors and occupant factors

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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleTechnical Report; no. 2006-21
Physical description24 p.
SubjectThermal protection; Life rafts; Environmental condition
AbstractThe thermal protection in life rafts project is aimed to ? 1. Assess and propose thermal protection requirements for unprotected life raftoccupants in a ship abandonment situation, where after evacuating into a liferaft, the occupants sit on the floor. 2. Develop and propose standard test methods to evaluate the thermalprotection performance of life rafts. 3. Provide quantitative performance data and practical knowledge tostakeholders to support operational decision-making and inform the activitiesof vessel operators, marine emergency training providers and SAR planners. The combined impact is to reduce the risk of hypothermia and improvesurvivability at sea. The important environmental conditions, raft factors and occupant factorsdetermined from literature research are summarized in this report, to enable theproject team to select the range of key variables to study.
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PublisherNational Research Council Canada. Institute for Ocean Technology
PlaceSt. John's, NL
AffiliationNRC Institute for Ocean Technology; National Research Council Canada; Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
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NRC number6399
NPARC number8894923
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Record created2009-04-22
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