Accession Number : AD0803366

Title :   MANNED UNDERSEA STRUCTURES - THE ROCK-SITE CONCEPT

Descriptive Note : Research rept.

Corporate Author : NAVAL ORDNANCE TEST STATION CHINA LAKE CA

Personal Author(s) : Austin, C F

PDF Url : AD0803366

Report Date : Oct 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : Large undersea installations with a shirt-sleeve environment have existed under the continental shelves for many decades. The technology now exists, using off-the-shelf petroleum, mining, submarine, and nuclear equipment, to establish permanent manned installations within the sea floor that do not have any air umbilical or other connection with the land or water surface, yet maintain a normal one-atmosphere environment within. This presentation briefly reviews the past and present in-the-sea-floor mineral industry. The methods presently practical for direct access to and from permanent in-the-sea-floor installations are outlined, and the specific operations and types of tools indicated. Initial power requirements and cost estimates are included.

Descriptors :   *MINING ENGINEERING, *UNDERGROUND STRUCTURES, FLOATING DOCKS, LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS, MANNED, NUCLEAR REACTORS, OCEAN BOTTOM, PRESSURIZATION, REPORTS, ROCK, SHAFTS(MACHINE ELEMENTS), SHELLS(STRUCTURAL FORMS), SITE SELECTION, STATE OF THE ART, UNDERWATER

Subject Categories : Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
      Marine Engineering
      Structural Engineering and Building Technology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE