30 October 2015
Under the agreement concluded between JSC Respirator Research and Development Enterprise and the RGS underwater research group headed by Dmitry Shiller, Technodinamika is to provide diving equipment for expeditions of the "13 Seas of Russia" project. The freeze-proof self-contained underwater breathing apparatuses manufactured by JSC Respirator Research and Development Enterprise were tested in the Antarctic in 2014. Dmitry Shiller dived with the freeze-proof controllers manufactured by Respirator to a depth of 97 m at a temperature of minus 3 degrees, setting a world record. The equipment demonstrated flawless performance.
"We are very proud of having tested Russian underwater breathing apparatuses. This is a difficult endeavor given the extreme depths and low temperatures, and it is rare for equipment to operate trouble-free at such depth. The apparatuses showed faultless performance, and that is quite important for us, both as Russians and as scuba divers," stated Dmitry Shiller.
The ShAP-R compact apparatus is intended for surface supply and emergency ascents. It can operate under acute pollution conditions, for instance, in case of oil spills. The AVM-15 apparatus is intended for self-contained diving and also suitable for low temperature and acute pollution conditions.
The "Morzh" self-contained underwater breathing apparatus is a newly designed Technodinamika product combining the advantages of the above two apparatuses. Its unique technology prevents the breathing apparatus from freezing under extreme cold conditions, ensuring trouble-free operation of the self-contained underwater breathing apparatus at water temperatures going down to minus 4 degrees for at least two hours. The reduction gear designed to reduce air pressure and supply it to the lung-governed oxygen inlet valve is simpler and more reliable than the existing counterparts and previous designs through the use of new technology. The low-temperature self-contained underwater breathing apparatuses can be used for exploring the Arctic shelf, as well as for the needs of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia in the course of special underwater operations.
At the festival commemorating the RGS anniversary, the divers will provide detailed accounts of their exploration of ice, water, and the atmosphere, while designers from the Respirator Research and Development Enterprise will explain the role of the respiratory equipment and units in such exploration.
"It is important for us to see how the domestic-made equipment behaves under extreme conditions when used by professional divers, while our divers are interested in learning about the capabilities of the domestic industry," commented Alexander Bryzgalin, the CEO of JSC Respirator Research and Development Enterprise. "Under the agreement on cooperation between the enterprise and the research group, work is underway to refine the units to fit the needs and requirements of the scuba divers."