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EN470: Life Support Systems

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EN470: Life Support Systems (3-0-3)

The primary objective of this course is to apply engineering principles with knowledge of human physiology to the design of diving systems, underwater habitats, and deep dive systems.

Textbook

  • Life Support Systems Design (Nuckols, Sarich, Marr, and Robillard)
  • US Navy Dive Manual, Revision 7

Goals

  1. Apply basic engineering principles with knowledge of human physiology to the development of Decompression Schedules.
  2. Apply basic engineering principles with knowledge of human physiology to the design of carbon dioxide removal systems.
  3. Apply basic engineering principles with knowledge of human physiology to determine gas ventilation requirements.
  4. Apply basic engineering principles to determine power requirements for pumps and compressors used for life support.
  5. Apply basic engineering principles with knowledge of human physiology to the design process for diving systems and underwater habitats.
  6. Conduct in-depth, technical research (using scientific literature) on a topic relevant to underwater life support.

Prerequisites

  • 1/C Standing As EOE Major

Class Topics

  1. Manned Underwater Systems
  2. Underwater Physics
  3. Hyperbaric Physiology
  4. Underwater Breathing Apparatus Design
  5. Pumps and Compressors
  6. Manned Submersible Design
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