Maintaining Diver Body Temperature in Hazardous Conditions
Avon Protection has launched the Core Intelligent heated undersuit, which maintains diver body temperature in all water conditions, the British company announced on 18 January.
Armed forces around the world are recognising the impact of Non-Freezing Cold Injury (NFCI) and its effect on both training and operations. In the diving sphere, the prevalence and diagnosis of this injury is on the rise, particularly with the adoption of diver propulsion systems and underwater vehicles.
The Core Intelligent undersuit is designed specifically to combat NFCI and in turn protect and maintain a diver’s operational effectiveness. This capability is highly versatile and can combat exposure in all environments, both sea and land. Core Intelligent consists of several autonomous heating zones located on the torso, hands and feet. Using active sensing, each sensor-monitored zone can be heated individually or simultaneously to maintain diver body temperature.
Compatible with both wet and drysuit diving systems, or for use as a surface under-garment for small boat work inter alia), Core Intelligent’s capability is the result of close collaboration with key military users and partnership with leading manufacturer Santi.
“Understanding the requirements of users has been the key to the successful development of the Core Intelligent undersuit; creating an intelligent thermal solution where users don’t have to compromise on mission endurance, decompression management or manoeuvrability. At Avon Protection we are continuously working with our customers worldwide to design, develop and deliver world leading capability to guarantee their safety and to equip them with the latest technology,” commented Kevin Gurr, Maritime Technology Officer.