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Mining Contract: Development of Components for Breathing Escape Apparatus (DSOV)

Contract DetailValue
Contract #200-2012-52788
Start Date9/1/2012
Research Concept

This objective of this project is to deliver working prototypes of docking and switch-over valves that will be used in the next generation of escape breathing apparatus. These components must be designed and developed with due consideration to ease of use, compact size, durability and adaptability to selected breathing apparatus.

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Contract Status & Impact

This objective of this project is to deliver working prototypes of docking and switch-over valves that will be used in the next generation of escape breathing apparatus. These components must be designed and developed with due consideration to ease of use, compact size, durability and adaptability to selected breathing apparatus.

The primary deliverables for this project are the functional prototypes for the docking/switch-over valves. The Contractor will provide NIOSH with a complete Technical Data Package and unrestricted data rights; namely Drawings, Solid Model files, Bill-of-Materials, Data acquired during testing of the components etc. to provide NIOSH with a comprehensive library of information to assist with their Test & Evaluation efforts and dissemination to prospective manufacturers towards developing the next generation of SCSR devices.

The design of the components will be based on the contractor's experience with breathing apparatus design as necessary to meet the design requirement in the SOW. The contactor will use all resources necessary to meet the intent of this project. Given below is a list of the minimal specific tasks the contactor must accomplish.

Docking and Switch-Over Valves (DSOV)

DSOVs would enable connection of two breathing apparatus (either two SCSRs or an SCSR to an SCBA) to allow a seamless transfer to breathing from one device to the other. The SOW includes a study and DSOV designs for selected MSHA approved SCSRs and any one of the NIOSH approved SCBAs. From the study, at least one DSOV design will be selected by NIOSH, however more than one DSOV design can be selected for prototype production if mutually agreed upon by both parties. The scope of work required for this component is to produce a prototype DSOV, or prototype DSOVs of different designs, that is compact and easy to use in a mine emergency situation by minimally trained users; and to demonstrate their functionality with selected SCSRs and SCBAs.

It is not the intent in this component of the project to have a NIOSH certified HMC equipped breathing apparatus, but a technology demonstrator that is able to meet the relevant parameters of the 42 CFR Part84 rules and regulations for future certification of such an apparatus.

 
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