RESEARCH PAPERS: Offshore Mechanics

Evaluation of Occupant Accelerations in Lifeboats

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J. K. Nelson

Clemson University, Master of Engineering Program at the Citadel, Charleston, SC 29409

T. J. Hirsch

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843

N. S. Phillips

University of Dayton, Dayton, OH 45469

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 111(4), 344-349 (Nov 01, 1989) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3257105 History: Received April 04, 1989; Online October 30, 2009


During the certification of lifeboats for use as a lifesaving appliance, certain impact tests are required to evaluate the strength of the system and the occupant’s exposure to accelerations. The purpose of this paper is to present a rational procedure to infer the potential for these impact accelerations to cause injury to the occupants of conventional and free-fall lifeboats.

Copyright © 1989 by ASME
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