Accession Number : AD0424095

Title :   A PROPOSED SYSTEM FOR SUPPLYING AIR TO A HYPOTHETICAL UNDEROCEAN SEABEE BASE,

Corporate Author : NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Vind,Harold P. ; Noonan,Mary Jane

Report Date : 08 NOV 1963

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : Paramount for the development of manned undersea bases will be the design of a simple and economical system for supplying air to the bases and to the construction crews that build them. A threestage process has been conceived at the U. S. Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory for utilizing the air dessolved in the ocean as an underwater source of oxygen, and subsequently utilizing the deoxygenated sea water as a carrier to remove carbon dioxide. Fresh air will be removed from the sea water under reduced pressure and stale air returned at an elevated pressure. It is not anticipated that the process will be used in the deep ocean basins but rather on the continental shelves at depths of about 600 feet or less. More advanced processes for deeper waters will probably employ synthetic oxygencarrying-compounds resembling hemoglobin in reactivity with oxygen. (Authror)

Descriptors :   (*UNDERWATER, NAVAL OPERATIONS), (*AIR CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT, UNDERWATER), (*BREATHING APPARATUS, UNDERWATER), OXYGEN, SEA WATER, PRODUCTION, AIR

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE