News & Events-Military standards will help protect civilian passengers and crews

Featured in Defence Contracts Bulletin, Dr Tom Coe, a naval architect at Frazer-Nash, explains how an MOD project on whole body vibration will help improve the protection of crew and passengers on small vessels around the world.

Fast moving vessels are well designed to withstand the impacts of waves during rough conditions; however the physical impact on passengers and crew can lead to major spinal injury.

In the past two decades, military and civilian institutions from around the world have developed solutions to help mitigate the risk of injury. Currently there are over 75 different shock absorbing seat models available. However, without an internationally recognised ISO standard for minimum levels of performance or testing, it is making the procurement of these solutions difficult for operators.

An MOD project in 2012 looked to standardise the specification and testing of shock absorbing seats. The project team led by Tom Coe, comprised of engineers and scientists from Thales and other Naval Design Partnership core companies. By early 2014, the MOD issued the protocol to industry. With additional feedback from industry, the MOD project will hopefully lead to an ISO standard in the next 12 months.

Coe said, "a standard will be created which drives competition and innovation within the industry and allows consumers to buy the best products. This will take the best of the MOD's requirements, the needs of marine operators and the expertise of scientists and industry leaders to ultimately protect more people."

The full feature can be found here.