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IMPROVING SELF-RESCUE EQUIPMENT: Can a self-contained self-rescue unit be more comfortable to wear over long periods of time, not damage other equipment and be donned easily?
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

A self-contained self-rescue unit is a device that is used in the mining industry in case of fires or release of toxic gases that depletes or contaminates breathable oxygen in the surrounding atmosphere. These units are the first line of defense by providing oxygen in a closed breathing cycle, allowing personnel to get themselves to safety.

The goal of this project was to design a unit that is more comfortable to carry during the daily operations in and outside the mines. A unit that is easier to done and less likely to damage the users and/or surrounding mining equipment. It is developed in close collaboration with Atlas Copco, as the main sponsor, as well as Dräger and personnel working at Zink Gruvan Mining. 

The result is a unit with an operational time of twenty minutes and a reduced size and weight. It’s position can be adjusted to be worn around the waist or the chest, depending on the tasks the user performs, as well as simplifying the donning procedure.

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Keyword [en]
Mining, Self-Rescue, Emergency, Evacuation, Breathing, Rebreather, Potassium Superoxide, SCSR, Mining industry, Mining equipment
National Category
Mineral and Mine Engineering Medical Ergonomics Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-107995OAI: diva2:850140
External cooperation
Atlas Copco & Dräger
Subject / course
Examensprojekt kandidatprogrammet i Industridesign
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design
Available from: 2015-09-28 Created: 2015-09-01 Last updated: 2015-09-28Bibliographically approved

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