Our hypo/hyperbaric chamber is available to handle equipment testing for breathing simulators and immersion testing.  

Breathing Simulator

The EMPU has its very own in-house built breathing simulator (also known as a metabolic simulator). It can simulate a person's breathing by taking in air and exhaling warm, moist CO—just like a breath—and can operate at a full range of altitudes and depths.

Its functionality is for testing breathing equipment such as SCUBA (SCBA) and closed-circuit rebreathers (CCR), and its oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production are to match minute ventilations, i.e. up to 4.5 and 5.0 L/min STPD, respectively.


Immersion Testing

The EMPU provides hot and cold immersion testing in our hyperbaric/hypobaric wet pot.

Our floodable volume is 9.6 m3. The height is 1.98m, length 3.48m , the trunk is .76m in diameter. The system is rated to 305m depth and 30,480m of altitude. Temperature -0C to 48C.

The wet pot can accommodate one person with a swimming ergometer, or multiple people simultanously immersed.  

Past projects include wetsuit thermal protection testing, dry bag testing, rebreather testing, dive computer testing, survival suit evaluation. Past clients include Arc'teryx, Bare Sports, Lungfish, Shearwater, Mustang Survival.