The purpose of this report is to measure the tow force generated by commercially available 16, 42, and 150 person full and 1:7 model scale life rafts in varying environmental conditions. The environmental conditions include varying wave frequencies, wind speeds, and a steady state current. The goal for this project is to use data collected in controlled laboratory conditions to help fill in the knowledge gaps that currently exist in the operation of life rafts in weather conditions. This increase in knowledge would benefit marine operators, the regulatory bodies, the search and rescue planners, the training providers, and the manufactures in developing new designs.
National Research Council of Canada. Institute for Ocean Technology
St. John's, Newfoundland
Technical Report (National Research Council of Canada. Institute for Ocean Technology), no. TR-2007-24 (2007).