U.S. Navy Dive Computer Validation

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Title: U.S. Navy Dive Computer Validation
Author: Doolette; Gault, KA; Gerth, WA; Murphy, FG
Abstract: The U.S. Navy Dive Computer (NDC) is a typical diver-carried dive computer that uses a simple decompression algorithm to provide decompression schedules updated in real time. However, unlike many dive computers, the NDC is based on a well-documented decompression algorithm that is the result of extensive manned test-diving and for which the risk of decompression sickness is well defined. Since this Thalmann Algorithm is itself validated, validation of the NDC involved the relatively simple task of verifying a faithful implementation of the Thalmann Algorithm. The U.S. Navy experience in dive computer validation provides a useful framework for validating a commercial off-the-shelf dive computer, but challenges exist for dive computers that do not implement a well-documented decompression algorithm.
Description: The publication of the Proceedings of the Validation of Dive Computer Workshop is cosponsored by NTNU and the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority. The symposium was convened by the Baromedical and Environmental Physiology Group of NTNU on August 24, 2011, at the 37th Annual Meeting of the European Underwater and Baromedical Society in Gdansk, Poland.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/10147
Date: 2012

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