rapid decompression


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rapid decompression

The almost instantaneous loss of cabin pressure in an aircraft with a pressurized cockpit or cabin. This could happen either because of enemy action or structural failure. In severe cases, it is called explosive decompression.
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Extensive maintenance troubleshooting following my flight determined that several factors contributed to the rapid decompression and resultant physiological symptoms.
Demersal fishes are commonly subjected to rapid decompression during capture in both commercial and recreational fisheries.
In silicic melts where decompression is the saturation mechanism, homogeneous bubble nucleation requires rapid decompression, i.
While investigators try to determine what caused the crash, Van Nuys Airport pilots and mechanics said the Learjet is so well built that a rapid decompression is rare.
At altitudes up to approximately 42 000 feet (12 802 m), rapid decompression can be handled safely by breathing pure oxygen while an emergency descent is made.
Up to half of the 1200 men on the project may have the disease - caused by rapid decompression.
The USAARL evaluation includes electromagnetic interference and compatibility, extreme temperatures, vibration, exposure to dust, altitude, device usability, rapid decompression and acceleration, and crash durability.
In an airworthiness directive, it said the extra checks were needed "to detect and correct cracking and corrosion in the fuselage skin, which could lead to rapid decompression and loss of structural integrity of the airplane.
We had a complete cabin-pressurization failure, which resulted in a rapid decompression.
That time may be cut in half in the event the cabin is pressurized and there is a rapid decompression, as the table on the preceding page reflects.
Last month, an explosion on a Qantas Boeing 747 from London to Australia blew a hole in the fuselage and caused rapid decompression in the passenger cabin.
The training - available under an agreement with Arizona State University East - enables crew members to experience altitude sickness conditions such as hypoxia and rapid decompression, preparing them for actual emergency situations.

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