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ICE - Ideal Cabin Environment

ICE - Ideal Cabin Environment

Objective

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.

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Coordinator

BUILDING RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT LIMITED

Address

Bucknalls Lane
Wattford

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Earle PERERA (Dr)

Participants (14)

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AIRBUS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

ANTANAS GUSTAITIS AVIATION INSTITUTE OF VILNIUS GEDIMINAS TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Lithuania

AVITRONICS RESEARCH

Greece

CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY AVIATION HEALTH UNIT

United Kingdom

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FR LUFT- UND RAUMFAHRT E.V.

Germany

EADS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH, CORPORATE RESEARCH CENTER

Germany

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Austria

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM

Netherlands

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

STREIT TECHNISCHE GEBAUDEAUSRUSTUNG

Germany

CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITT OLDENBURG

Germany

UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA'

Italy

CZECH TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY IN PRAGUE

Czechia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 516131

  • Start date

    1 October 2005

  • End date

    31 March 2009

Funded under:

FP6-AEROSPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 932 153

  • EU contribution

    € 4 078 275

Coordinated by:

BUILDING RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT LIMITED

United Kingdom