The habitability and ergonomics of totally enclosed motor propelled survival craft

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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleTechnical Report; no. OCRE-TR-2012-35
Physical description52 p.
SubjectLifeboat; TEMPSC; habitability; ergonomics; occupancy; evacuation
AbstractThis report describes a study aimed at investigating several habitability and ergonomic issues associated with the internal environment of totally enclosed motor propelled survival craft (TEMPSC). Numerous anthropometric and structural measures were taken to highlight and investigate various issues of subjects while simulating operation of the coxswain’s station The experiment was designed to establish the impact of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on habitability and ergonomics in the coxswain station by examining the anthropometric measures of subjects in various clothing ensembles (i.e. levels of PPE) and how they may impact the performance of tasks associated with normal TEMPSC operation (i.e. fastening seatbelts, interacting with the coxswain’s station, etc.). Select subjects were also examined in the passenger area to determine the effect of varying levels of PPE on available space (e.g. leg room) and task performance (e.g. seat belt fastening) The results of this study suggest that PPE, general increase in the size of individuals (due to changing anthropometrics and the requirement of marine abandonment suits), and interior lifeboat design can have a direct impact on the operation and habitability of lifeboats, especially over the long periods of occupancy that are typical of operations in remote northern regions.
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PublisherNational Research Council Canada
AffiliationOcean, Coastal and River Engineering; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NPARC number21268569
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Record created2013-10-09
Record modified2016-10-03
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