The Consequences of Increased CO2 and O2 Deprivation

Three students at the National University DEN - Christopher, Alvaro and Steven – have worked to investigate the impact of increased CO2 and O2 deprivation in F-35 fighter pilots, including the risk of hypoxia-related symptoms.

Hypoxia continues to put pilots’ lives at risk, with many lives already lost due to oxygen-physiological incidents. It is important to understand exactly how this issue occurs to improve fighter pilot safety and reduce the risk of these potentially fatal results.

The Consequences of Increased CO2 and O2 Deprivation

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The students from the National University opted to focus their research on the F-35 fighter pilots’ oxygen masks, evaluating the O2 levels being delivered to the pilot. To achieve this, they employed the CO2Meter CM-42951 0-25% O2 UV Flux Oxygen Smart Sensor – this instrument was central to their study.

The Consequences of Increased CO2 and O2 Deprivation

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The study’s initial research findings were provided via the CO2Meter GasLab Software and the UV Flux 25% Oxygen Smart Sensor. These findings enabled the engineering team to comprehensively review the results, revealing complications and potential issues in the overall oxygen system.

It was determined that the focus of the solution should be centered around potential system improvements rather than historic equipment errors.

By reviewing the dangers linked to both CO2 and O2, the team was able to stress the need to dictate and mitigate the amounts of O2 and CO2 available at any given time.

Upon further exploration, the study concluded that ensuring adequate air quality should be a priority for any given altitude and any pilot. This is typically managed by the OBOGS (On Board Oxygen Generation System) – a system that is put in place to ensure the safety of the pilot.

The study determined that the OBOGS system had not always guided and produced appropriate air transfer and air quality.

The team was also able to outline the changes that needed to be made to measuring devices to ensure that the air available to the pilot was appropriate.

They proposed that with proper funding and the utilization of advanced technology such as 3D printed prototypes, advanced simulations could be employed that would allow the use of the prototype mask on a live human to evaluate advances in line with what an actual pilot would encounter.

The students’ study represents one of many advancements currently addressing the issues faced by F-35 fighter jets, pinpointing the need for a specific focus on oxygen mask deficiencies and their impact on pilots.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by CO2Meter, Inc.

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