Accession Number : AD0705064

Title :   EVALUATION OF A DIVER'S THERMONUCLEAR SWIMSUIT HEATER SYSTEM.

Descriptive Note : Medical research interim rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH INST BETHESDA MD

Personal Author(s) : Tauber,John F. ; Rawlins,John S. P. ; Bondi,Kenneth R.

Report Date : 18 FEB 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : The present state of the thermonuclear (i.e., radioisotope heat source) diver heating system is discussed and the results of the only dive to date using this system are reported. The inlet and outlet temperatures of the system are recorded together with the time-course of skin and rectal temperatures. It is concluded that the system in its present state is incapable of maintaining thermal balance in a diver at depth, and its use under SEALAB III conditions would entail a grave risk of hypothermia. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*UNDERWATER CLOTHING, HEATING), (*HEATERS, *RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES), TEMPERATURE, STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY), HYPOTHERMIA, RADIATION HAZARDS, EFFICIENCY

Subject Categories : Protective Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE