Investigation of capsize phenomena in inflatable liferafts

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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleContractor Report
Subjectliferaft; extreme seas; personnel loading; ballast pockets; canopy; drogue; capsize; breaking waves; wind; IMO
AbstractThis report describes the results of an experimental investigation of the seakeeping characteristics of liferafts. The tests were exploratory in nature, to identify some of the factors or inherent design features that influence the survivability of an International Maritime Organization (IMO) canister-type inflatable liferaft (12-20 person capacity) in extreme wind and waves. In addition the program also investigated some potential modifications that improve the safety of the liferafts in extreme seas. The liferaft parameters that were investigated included the effects of free surface flood water, personnel loading, personnel distribution, ballast pocket operation, canopy operation and drogue type and operation.
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PublisherNational Research Council Canada. Institute for Marine Dynamics
PlaceSt. John's, NL
AffiliationNRC Institute for Ocean Technology; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number5448
NPARC number8896229
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Record identifier94f202c4-0b8f-4872-ba65-cbe08926a011
Record created2009-04-22
Record modified2016-10-03
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