Deployment of special forces
Submarines are increasingly used for the insertion of special forces for covert missions. This brings military diving into the submarine environment and with it presents its own set of unique gas monitoring issues.
There are challenges not only in the design of the gas monitoring system with a need to monitor the partial pressure of gases within the hyperbaric compartments on the boat to ensure divers are compressed, monitor the partial pressure within the diver delivery submersible, but also in the selection of materials suitable for a hyperbaric (enriched oxygen atmosphere).
Another challenge is to provide breathable air for the divers - either when they are in the diving chambers or breathing from dive cylinders. The concentration of contaminants allowed in diving grade air (to EN12021 or equivalent) are significantly lower than those allowed in submarine air, so if the submarine air is being used to fill dive cylinders this can be problematic.
This is where Analox can bring their experience in hyperbaric analysing, designing submarine atmosphere monitoring and contaminant monitoring systems into effect.
We pffer a wide range of Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) products which can be used to monitor your Dry Deck Shelter.
- Our SDA range can be used to monitor partial pressure of O2 and CO2
- The SDA range is highly modular and flexible, making the monitors simple to integrate into custom atmospheric monitoring systems. The SDA provides a full-colour display of readings taken and provides audio/visual alarms as well as optional data-logging
- The MSUBs variant of the Sub MkIIIF can be used alongside the Sub Aspida (in the pilot compartment as a back-up) in a Submarine Rescue Vehicle (SRV)
- The Sub MkIIIF can be used as a monitor for your Dry Deck Shelter gas monitoring system, both internal and external. It provides accurate gas readings, an illuminated control panel and can be connected to up to three REMs (remote sensor modules)
- The Sub Aspida is a portable dual CO2 and O2 monitor with audio/visual/vibration alarms. It is easy to use and calibrate
- It is also important to monitor for contaminants in divers' gas cylinders using a breathing air monitor, as the concentration of contaminants allowed in diving grade air (to EN12021 or equivalent) are much lower than those used in submarine air. A version of the ACG+ or 0-5000ppm CO2 SDA with flow meter can be used for contaminant monitoring in diving cylinders
- The ACG+ monitors CO2, O2, CO, H2O and VOCs and is an accurate, quicker, alternative to colorimetric tube testing
- The SDA CO2 uses a accurate dual-beam infrared sensor with a full-colour display to check and monitor gas
We also can provide bespoke monitoring systems. Contact us to discuss your specific requirements.