Accession Number : ADA327381

Title :   Female Acceleration Tolerance Enhancement.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMSTRONG LAB BROOKS AFB TX

Personal Author(s) : Dooley, James W.

PDF Url : ADA327381

Report Date : AUG 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : In high performance aircraft, inadequate 6-protective equipment could lead to decreased performance and unsafe flight conditions. The purpose of this project was to provide female aircrew with appropriately designed and fitted 6-protective equipment This project has supported five major efforts: (1) A centrifuge study comparing male and female acceleration tolerances and evaluating a gender-specific anti-G suit modification - early data analysis (50% completion) indicates female tolerance is at least equivalent to that of males and that the modified CSU-13BIP anti-6 suit provides females better protection than the standard suit. (2) Two female F-16 pilots demonstrated improved 6-tolerance in the centrifuge after anti-G suit modification - this modification has been adopted for AF-wide use. (3) An anthropometry evaluation of the potential female aircrew population resulted in an anti-G suit sizing scheme for small females. (4) A proto-type modified anti-G suit for small aircrew was fabricated and fit-tested on three subjects less than 63 inches in stature the small suit provided a good fit for all. (5) A protocol was initiated to evaluate a positive pressure breathing apparatus (COMBAT EDGE) relative to male/female 6-tolerance; preliminary data indicate a poor female fit for COMBAT EDGE, although there were no reports of excessive discomfort.

Descriptors :   *PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, *G SUITS, *BREATHING APPARATUS, *ACCELERATION TOLERANCE, DATA PROCESSING, WARFARE, OPTIMIZATION, HIGH RATE, AIRCRAFT, FLIGHT CREWS, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), ACCELERATION, EDGES, PROTOTYPES, POPULATION, FLIGHT, TOLERANCE, SAFETY, MALES, FEMALES, ANTHROPOMETRY, PRESSURE BREATHING.

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Protective Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE