Diving – Saturation diving and underwater habitats

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Saturation diving combined with a pressurised ‘habitat’ is a technique that allows people to live and work at depths greater than 50 metres for extended periods of time. Saturation chambers are deployed and tended by a Deep Diving System (DDS). The saturation or ‘SAT’ system is divided into a rest area, the transfer chamber and the Submersible Decompression Chamber (SDC) or dive bell. The divers and all three areas of the SAT system are pressurized down to the depth they will be working from. The DDS will be the home for the saturation divers for some weeks. When work commences, the bell is lowered to the depth of the job where the diver enters the water. After the shift is over they will surface in the SDC that will be re-locked to the DDS, where the divers can rest, sleep, eat, shower and relax until their next dive. Can you imagine living for 28 days in something about the size of a caravan, with 12 other people, with only a porthole the size of your fist to look out?

Saturation diving combined with a pressurised ‘habitat’ is a technique that allows people to live and work at depths greater than 50 metres for extended periods of time. Saturation chambers are deployed and tended by a Deep Diving System (DDS). The saturation or ‘SAT’ system is divided into a rest area, the transfer chamber and the Submersible Decompression Chamber (SDC) or dive bell. The divers and all three areas of the SAT system are pressurized down to the depth they will be working from. The DDS will be the home for the saturation divers for some weeks. When work commences, the bell is lowered to the depth of the job where the diver enters the water. After the shift is over they will surface in the SDC that will be re-locked to the DDS, where the divers can rest, sleep, eat, shower and relax until their next dive. Can you imagine living for 28 days in something about the size of a caravan, with 12 other people, with only a porthole the size of your fist to look out?

Saturation dive toilet Life inside a diving bell

Saturation diving – helium effect

In the wet bell

 

 

 

 

 

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