Investigation of scuba cylinder corrosion, Phase 1.

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Title: Investigation of scuba cylinder corrosion, Phase 1.
Author: Henderson, NC; Berry, WE; Eiber, RJ; Frink, DW
Abstract: A program was conducted to determine the cause of the corrosion that was discovered in a number of aluminum scuba cylinders, and to determine whether the rupture strength of the cylinders had been degraded by the corrosion. An examination was made of 68 corroded cylinders received from Naval facilities. Rupture experiments were conducted on new cylinders and on the most severely corroded cylinders. Detailed analyses were made of corrosion products from selected aluminum cylinders, and of corroded and uncorroded material from the ruptured cylinders. It was concluded that the corrosion in the cylinders examined had not significantly reduced the rupture strength of the cylinders. Recommendations were formulated concerning changes in manufacturing specifications, cleaning procedures, and inspection procedures to provide increased assurance that corrosion will not progress to the point of significantly degrading the rupture strength of aluminum scuba cylinders.
Description: Citation Status: Active; Citation Classification: Unclassified; Title Classification: Unclassified; Report Classification: Unclassified; Identifier Classification: Unclassified; Abstract Classification: Unclassified; Distribution Limitation(s): 01 - APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE; Information provided by the Department of Defense and the Defense Technical Information Center ( is considered public information and may be distributed or copied unless otherwise specified. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.
Date: 1970

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  • National Underwater Accident Data Center
    This is a collection of the National Underwater Accident Data Center, University of Rhode Island (URI) annual diving reports. John J. McAniff started collection of diving accident and fatality information in 1970.

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