Systematic Experimental Evaluation of Lifeboat Evacuation Performance in a Range of Environmental Conditions Phase 1. Volume 1 - Evacuation Data and Analysis Procedures. Volume 2 - Performance Measures 1-10. Volume 3 - Performance Measures 11-13

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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleTechnical Report
SubjectTEMPSC; clearance; orientation; Beaufort scale; danger zone; splash-down zone rescue zone; set-back; progressive set-back; path length; collisions; exclusion zone
AbstractThe capabilities of two marine evacuation systems were investigated using systematic series of model experiments in a large test facility at the Institute for Ocean Technology in January 2002. Tests were done with the widely used conventional davit launched twin-falls lifeboat and a similar system with the addition of a flexible boom. The performance of both systems was evaluated as a function of weather conditions, ranging from calm conditions to severe storms. In addition, the effects of the configuration of the evacuation station were examined, including the orientation of the boat at launch and its clearance from the vessel. Evacuation tests were done in intact and damaged conditions. Results of this large experimental campaign are presented. This work aims to address a long-standing knowledge gap by providing objective, empirical data that can be used by designers, regulators and others in their decisions concerning safety.
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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
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number6498
NPARC number8896161
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Record created2009-04-22
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