Dive Helmet Noise Quieting

Period of Performance: 09/18/2013 - 02/28/2015

$500K

Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Oceanit Laboratories, Inc.
828 Fort Street Mall Suite 600
Honolulu, HI 96813
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

Marquette University
Mechanical Engineering Dept. 1551 W. Wisconsin Ave. #247
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Institution POC

Abstract

Helmeted navy divers are exposed to high levels of noise from self-generated mechanisms, such as regulator exhaust, and external sources, such as underwater tool-generated noise. Noise exposure limits can be easily exceeded especially if effective communications through helmet-mounted speakers is required. A multi-faceted approach is proposed to reduce self-generated noise as well as overall helmet-transmitted noise from external sources such as tools. Modeling, analysis, design and initial testing will be performed.