ICEProject ID: 516131
ICE - Ideal Cabin Environment
The key objective of ICE is to provide airframers/airlines with step-change knowledge and innovations to address the concerns about the unknown combined effects of cabin environmental parameters, including for the first time cabin pressure, on the health of passengers and cabin crew in commercial aircraft.ICE addresses the widespread concerns about the impact of flying on the health and well-being of passengers and crew. Changing passenger.demographics, the advent of ultra-long-haul services, increased crew workloads and specific health issues such as DVT and SARS, have all combined to increase concerns. Earlier studies have been fragmented and, significantly, have not determined the health-based optimum levels or studied the synergistic effects of cabin environmental parameters, nor studied cabin pressure, hypoxia (often considered the most serious single physical hazard) and possible links with DVT.ICE will produce a step change knowledge by investigating impacts of varying levels of parameters onsubjects using unique large-scale aircraft cabin environment facilities, and will determine optimum individual and combined levels for human well-being,validated by in-flight monitoring. From these, ICE will develop radical predictive design models for airframers and airlines to provide for the first time a means by which they will be able to determine the health impact of their aircraft on their passengers and cabin crew.The predictive model will not only consider environmental parameters but also passenger profile, workload patterns of cabin crew and flight characteristics. If these indicate health risks, the user will be able to vary individual or combined parameters to minimise risks to acceptable levels in a technically feasible and economically viable manner. ICE will also draft relevant standards, including the firstscientifically based for cabin pressure, and provide practical design guides and operational reccommendations.