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Under the waves, above the clouds: A history of the pressure suit

Lünen, Alexander von (2010):
Under the waves, above the clouds: A history of the pressure suit.
TU Darmstadt, [Online-Edition: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-21038],
[Ph.D. Thesis]

Abstract

This publication describes the development of so-called “pressure suits” in the 1930s in Europe from a scientific, technical, cultural and political perspective. It is detailed that those suits first and foremost were devised to achieve altitude records in aviation and not for their military value, although the majority of the suits that were developed had the air forces involved. This work outlines the manifold entanglements between private sector, military and science, which was a prerequisite not only for the development of pressure suits, but also for pressure cabins, breathing equipment and other protective garment. The close relation between diving medicine and aviation medical research is exposed in this context.

Item Type: Ph.D. Thesis
Erschienen: 2010
Creators: Lünen, Alexander von
Title: Under the waves, above the clouds: A history of the pressure suit
Language: English
Abstract:

This publication describes the development of so-called “pressure suits” in the 1930s in Europe from a scientific, technical, cultural and political perspective. It is detailed that those suits first and foremost were devised to achieve altitude records in aviation and not for their military value, although the majority of the suits that were developed had the air forces involved. This work outlines the manifold entanglements between private sector, military and science, which was a prerequisite not only for the development of pressure suits, but also for pressure cabins, breathing equipment and other protective garment. The close relation between diving medicine and aviation medical research is exposed in this context.

Uncontrolled Keywords: history of technology, history of aviation, aviator equipment, pressure suits, interwar years, europe
Divisions: 02 Department of History and Social Science > Department of History
02 Department of History and Social Science
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2010 05:40
Official URL: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-21038
License: Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0
Referees: Mikael, Prof. Dr. Hård and Alfred, Prof. Dr. Nordmann and Michael, Prof. Dr. Hagner
Refereed / Verteidigung / mdl. Prüfung: 24 April 2008
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Diese Publikation beschreibt die Entwicklung sog. „Druckanzüge“ in den 1930er Jahren in Europa, aus wissenschaftlicher, technischer, kultureller und politischer Perspektive. Es wird ausgeführt, daß diese Anzüge in erster Linie zur Erlangung von Luftfahrt-Höhenrekorden und nicht wegen ihres militärischen Nutzens entwickelt wurden, gleichwohl die Entwicklung größtenteils durch die jeweiligen Luftwaffen stattfand. Diese Arbeit zeichnet die vielfältigen Verflechtungen mit Privatindustrie und Wissenschaft nach, die zur Produktion nicht nur von Druckanzügen, sondern auch Druckkabinen, Atemgeräten und anderer Schutzausrüstung unabdingbar war. Es wird dabei der enge Zusammenhang zwischen Tauch- und Luftfahrtmedizinischer Forschung herausgearbeitet.German
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