As US military researchers envision clash in the frigid Arctic, they believe discovered a need for wetsuits that insulate combat divers for longer periods of time. Researchers at MIT believe they believe found a solution to befriend meet that need, according to a fresh report.
The water suits, made out of neoprene, function by embedding air bubbles between the larger molecules of the suit. These cells of air befriend to insulate the human body in water. The MIT researchers proposed shooting heavier, noble gasses such as argon, xenon or krypton into those air pockets as a way to extend the time the wetsuit could hold a diver’s body warm in frigid temperatures, where current wetsuits might only be useful for a few minutes.
By sticking a wetsuit in a container the size of a beer keg and pumping the container with one of these heavier gasses for about 24 to 48 hours, researchers extended the life of the wetsuit’s insulating properties from a few minutes to up to three hours, Defense One reported Wednesday.
“We demonstrate a wetsuit made of ultra-low thermally conductive neoprene capable of potentially extending dive times to 2-3 hours in water below 10 °C, compared with
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