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Immersion Suit Donning in Dynamic Environments: Implications for Design, Construction & Use
1 Memorial University of Newfoundland, NL, St. John’s, Canada
2 Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
ABSTRACT: Marine abandonment immersion suits are a vital piece of safety equipment intended to protect individuals from exposure to harsh environmental elements. The operational effectiveness of a well maintained and fitted suit depends on the ability of a user to correctly don a suit system. Thirty-two participants performed immersion suit donning trials in six experimental conditions. Dynamic, pre-abandonment marine emergency scenarios were simulated using a six degrees of freedom motion platform and varying environmental lighting levels. This article details user-suit interaction challenges encountered throughout immersion suit donning tasks and examines their connection to safety and survival in marine emergencies. Analysis of user-suit functionality during the donning process is critical for identifying current deficiencies in order to develop future design solutions, training methodologies and ultimately improve users? practical competencies.
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Citation note:
Mallam S., Small G.R., MacKinnon S.: Immersion Suit Donning in Dynamic Environments: Implications for Design, Construction & Use. TransNav, the International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation, Vol. 8, No. 3, doi:10.12716/1001.08.03.15, pp. 429-437, 2014
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