Human Factors Evaluation of the Superlite 17B Helmet in the Surface- Supplied, Open-Circuit Mode

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Human Factors Evaluation of the Superlite 17B Helmet in the Surface- Supplied, Open-Circuit Mode

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Title: Human Factors Evaluation of the Superlite 17B Helmet in the Surface- Supplied, Open-Circuit Mode
Author: Curley, MD
Abstract: A human factors engineering evaluation of the Diving Systems International Superlite 17B diving helmet was conducted by the U.S. Navy Experimental Driving Unit. In the dry, unmanned bench portion of this assessment, several design recommendations were made to improve diver safety and operation of the helmet. The Superlite 17B was then evaluated side-by-side with the U.S. Navy MK 1 Mod S Diver's Mask during a series of in-water dives ranging from one to four hours. Four teams of two divers wore either the Superlite 17B or Mk 1 Mod S Diver's Mask while accomplishing tasks designed to test the comfort, safety, operation, maintainability, communications, and breathing resistance of both diving rigs. Results indicated that to ensure safe and comfortable operation of the Superlite 17B helmet, careful attention must be exercised in the fitting of the neck-dam, oral nasal mask, and head cushion. Additional recommendations for design modifications of the Superlite 17B were made. Overall, the Superlite 17B was found to be adequate in its human factors engineering design.
Description: Citation Status: Active; Citation Classification: Unclassified; Title Classification: Unclassified; Report Classification: Unclassified; Identifier Classification: Unclassified; Abstract Classification: Unclassified; Distribution Limitation(s): 01 - APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE; Information provided by the Department of Defense and the Defense Technical Information Center (http://www.dtic.mil/) is considered public information and may be distributed or copied unless otherwise specified. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/3527
Date: 1986

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