Thermal protection in liferafts : assessment of occupant heat balance and development of performance criteria

L. Mak, A. Kuczora, K-A. Evely, J. Boone, F. Basset, M. Ducharme, R. Brown, B. Farnworth, S. Cheung & S. MacKinnon
Inflatable liferafts are currently used worldwide as a means of evacuation and survival from almost all ocean-going vessels, regardless of their size and purpose. This ranges from fishing and other commercial vessels with small crew sizes to offshore oil installations and passenger ships with thousands of persons onboard. While International Maritime Organization (IMO) standards currently require inflatable life raft components to “provide insulation” or “be sufficiently insulated”, no performance criteria accompany these requirements (IMO, 1996)....
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