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Submariners can breathe easy
24 October 2006
Calling all Beatles fans! You could spend a week on a yellow submarine breathing the same air without suffering any ill effects, scientists in Sweden have shown.
Sebastian studied an extensive number of variables that could affect the crew's health. These included oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen levels, and the levels of volatile organic compounds and microbiological contaminants in the air. Sebastian found that there was not a build up of airborne hazardous compounds during extended submersions. Sebastian believes that air quality will remain acceptable when submarines are repeatability submerged for long periods.
Looking to the future, Sebastian hopes his research will help set 'occupational exposure limits for submarines' and assist with the design of 'air monitoring and air renewal systems for submarines of the future'.
O Persson, C Östberg, J Pagels and A Sebastian, J. Environ. Monit., 2006