Supply of a Cx1800 Projectable Decompression Chamber to the  Armada Argentina (Argentine Navy)

Supply of a Cx1800 Projectable Decompression Chamber to the Armada Argentina (Argentine Navy)

Supply of a Cx1800 Projectable Decompression Chamber to the Armada Argentina (Argentine Navy)

OPV – Offshore Patrol Vessel

 

COMEX has produced a containerized decompression chamber to the Armada Argentina. It is intended to equip an Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) that will be delivered by the French Company NAVAL GROUP

 

The selected hyperbaric chamber is a new generation model. Its design benefits from a unique experience, acquired both in the underwater industrial sector and in the Medical environment (Hospital and University).

For this new generation, the data crossing of the needs expressed both by the end-users and by the operators has allowed us to meet their expectations, to anticipate their demand and to propose a product perfectly adapted to their very needs.

This projectable containerized unit is a complete set ready for use. It bears the CE marking for pressure equipment (European Directive) 2014/68/EU.

 

 

KERSHIP 

KERSHIP is a joint venture company created in 2013 by PIRIOU and NAVAL GROUP, two experts in engineering and shipbuilding as well as in military systems and services.
This alliance is based on the complementarity of their experience and know-how:
PIRIOU, 50 years of experience in civilian shipbuilding.
NAVAL GROUP (formerly DCNS), a world leader in naval defence.
KERSHIP offers ships up to 95 meters long to fulfil all the needs of a State at sea : Navy, Coastguards, Customs, Safety at sea, Scientific Agencies…
Thanks to the expertise of its holding companies, KERSHIP accompanies the administrations and Navy forces throughout the life of their ships, from manufacturing to delivery, but also from after-sales services to maintenance in operational conditions (MCO).

 

COMEX.SA 

A global pioneer in the development of technologies for human and robotic intervention in extreme environments.
COMEX, through its in-house Engineering Team, has been designing, manufacturing and marketing hyperbaric oxygen therapy facilities since 1974. More than 200 facilities have been installed for public or private customers in France and around the world. The Services department is responsible for the maintenance, the periodical control and the modernization of the facilities.

CX1800 hyperbaric chamber

Product of the Cx2 «new generation» range

 

which integrates the latest technologies in pilotage,
The hyperbaric system includes:

 

    • A decompression chamber, a control system, a compressed air production, storage and distribution Unit, a therapeutic fluids distribution Unit, all enclosed inside a 20 foot equipped cell,
    • The decompression chamber consists in the main chamber which accommodates up to 2 sitting patients and 1 supine patient, and the air entrance lock for 1 seating attendant.
    • Stainless steel fittings and storage with a modern and long-lasting design with surfaces designed for quick and easy daily decontamination,
    • LED based ambient lighting systems,
    • Anti-slip decontaminable, surgery room type floor covering
    • Reliability of industrial quality equipment,
    • The performance and the possibility of evolution of the control system using an industrial
      architecture with a programmable industrial automat and a supervision system,
    • The ergonomics and ease of use of the HMI with automatic management of healing decompression profiles, recording and real-time display of all parameters, with management of all failsafe systems,
    • Support and assistance in physiology/hyperbaric medicine,
    • The pressure hull is equipped with sound attenuation compression, ventilation and decompression feedthroughs and valves,
    • Large windows in DN 200mm ensure a perfect vision of the interior of the compartments and contribute to the general brightness,
    • In the lower part of the chamber, a technical hatch serves as an interface for the circuits of all medical devices (scope, hyperbaric respirator, syringe pusher, etc.),
    • The chamber is mounted on a support frame evenly distributing the load,
    • The control equipment is centralised on a console panel mounted directly on the chamber wall,
    • This control panel also includes a programmable automat that ensures the display and the traceability of the control parameters. It also increase the safety of the installation by means of the control of all the instrumented data,
    • The «mini-automat» architecture with touch screen meets the requirements of durability and operational safety,
    • The control system includes an industrial programmable automat and a touch screen of at least 10’’ and a supervision system that manages functionalities.

 

Organization of the project

 

In its capacity as Project Manager, Comex ensures the relations with the Project Owner and the management of the project as well as the coordination of actions with its subcontractors.
The project will be led by a team that will bring its expertise and experience in hyperbaric systems and facilities, both from a technical and a physiological point of view.

 

The men, their skills, their missions

 

The project will be led by the following multidisciplinary team:

 

A Project Manager: 

Its role is to ensure the conduct of the project in compliance with administrative, financial and timely objectives. He participates directly in the technical documentation and in the choice of the design. He coordinates the different activities required to carry out the project according to the stage of progress by identifying possible hard points and their impact on the objectives of the project.

 

A Quality Assurance Manager (QAR): 

He is in charge of monitoring the quality of the project. It adapts and/or establishes the quality assurance procedures specific to this project and ensures internal audits.

 

The Engineering team:

Based at Comex facilities, It is responsible for the studies and the preparation of the documents necessary for the implementation of the project. It works at preparing workshop logistics and ensures the supply and follow-through of the necessary materials for the project.

Training in the use of the hyperbaric chamber

A new 5-year contract signed with the French Navy

A new 5-year contract signed with the French Navy

A new 5-year contract signed with the French Navy

 

COMEX SA is pleased to have won the new public contract from the French Ministry of the Armed Forces for the MCO* recompression chambers.
(* Maintenance in operational condition of the recompression chambers of the French Navy and Army).

 

COMEX SA is pleased to have won the new public contract from the French Ministry of the Armed Forces for the Maintenance in operational condition of the recompression chambers of the French Navy and Army.

Our team is in charge of maintenance for :

  • 31 hyperbaric chambers embarked on ship / container / ashore
  • 1 diving simulator chamber 500 m
  • 1 recompression chamber for the Army

For the maintenance of the French Navy’s hyperbaric chambers, the long-standing and fruitful partnership that links us began in 2009. Our team was already in charge for maintaining in operational conditions the 30 hyperbaric installations on its naval bases ashore or on board its buildings and ships.

The new contract, notified by the fleet support department, started in March 2020 and ends in March 2025. It gives COMEX the opportunity to work on all the hypobaric chambers arming the French Navy’s ships, including at the Brest, Cherbourg, Toulon, Saint Mandrier and Roscanvel naval bases, in order to carry out the regulatory inspections governed by the latest decree in force (Order of November 20, 2017).

The whole team is very pleased for this confidence renewal and for the work carried out for more than 10 years.

Our maintenance actions must guarantee the operational availability of all the hyberbaric chambers, including the maintenance of the 500-meter diving simulator in Toulon, usually called “CHM500”. Our technicians also remain mobilized to take action in case of damage so that the slightest breakdown can be repaired in less than 5 days, regardless of the location of the chamber concerned.

In addition, one of our missions will be to carry out the 10-year regulatory requalification of the 500m diving simulator; a guarantee of confidence since COMEX was already responsible for it 10 years ago.
The CHM500 center also wishes to modernize its equipment and trusts COMEX to provide innovative solutions that are adapted to their needs as well as to the particular conditions in which they operate.

A great proof of confidence for the COMEX teams specialized in hyperbaric technologies!

 

COMEX partner of Merré Shipyards

COMEX partner of Merré Shipyards

COMEX partner of Merré Shipyards

Located north of Nantes, Merré Shipyards are recognized as a multi-specialist in shipbuilding.
With the construction of eight military ships, 26.50-metre cruisers for French Navy’s mine clearance divers, Merré shipyards have been awarded their largest order ever.

DGA (French MOD) have selected this specialist in custom-made coastal ships to build a series of dive support vessels, a contract worth tens of millions of euros.

COMEX will be partner in this project and will equip the eight DSVs with their latest generation hyperbaric chamber units.

The eight aluminium Dive Support Vessels (VSP) will be assigned to support Navy mine clearance divers or commandos operations at sea.

Construction of the first vessel is scheduled to begin during the second semester of 2020, with tests at sea starting one year later.
Following a three-month operational evaluation of this first Vessel by the Toulon based Navy Mine Clearance Diver Unit, Merré Shipyards will carry on with the manufacturing of the seven remaining units, all of which to be delivered by 2025.

The 8 diesel-electric hybrid vessels will be dispatched to support the groups of clearance divers at the Naval Bases of Toulon, Brest and Cherbourg, as well as the Navy diving school of Saint-Mandrier.

Comex Engineering Department is responsible for the design and the manufacturing of the hyperbaric chamber units at their factory as well as for the installation and the commissioning on board the VSPs.

Comex Services Department will provide end user personnel hands-on training for the operations and maintenance of the dive support equipment.

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Hypoxic chamber : Preliminary steps to an actual man dive at the altitude of 6400m above sea level

Hypoxic chamber : Preliminary steps to an actual man dive at the altitude of 6400m above sea level

Hypoxic chamber : Preliminary steps to an actual man dive at the altitude of 6400m above sea level

Frédéric Swierczynski, diver of the extreme, came to prepare for
a high altitude dive in the lakes of the world’s highest active volcano, el Nevado Ojos del Salado in the Andes. This preparation took place in an altitude simulator, the hypobaric chamber at Comex trial and test Centre in Marseille, France.

 

Extreme altitude diving at 6,400m

 

Accompanied by Sébastien Devrient, a mountain guide and Film director, Frédéric Swierczynski prepared for this expedition to the Andes at the border between Argentina and Chile. Their final goal is to carry out a manned dive into the waters of the highest lake in the world at 6,390 m on the mountain side of the volcano Nevado Ojos del Salado.

The adventure started last year when Frédéric performed a first dive in a lake at 5,870 m on the same volcano side. However, early comers snow and ice made it impossible to carry out the dive at 6,390 m.
They return this year in order to fully achieve their goal.

These two expeditions will be the subject of a film «a drop of water on a volcano» scheduled to be released in Switzerland in 2020.

The story of this feature documentary, directed by Sébastien Devrient for Vertiges prod, will not only focus on a sporting feat but, above all, it will emphasize the human adventure. It will also propose a reflection on man’s ability to adapt to his dreams and
ambitions as well as addressing the problem of acclimatizing the human body confronted to a wild and unpredictable nature.

 

Preparation in hypoxic chamber

 

It is at Comex altitude simulator, an hypobaric chamber complex, that Frédéric Swierczynski and Sébastien Devrient came to prepare their expedition, joining equipment tests, physical training and dive procedure rehearsal. The first step was to simulate an altitude of 6,400 m and then a 20-minute immersion in chilled water at 2°C. At this altitude, one has to face the cold temperature conditions and the lack of oxygen, less than twice as rare as at sea level due to the ambient low atmospheric pressure.

They have thus been able to reproduce the different conditions they will face during this adventure, supervised by our technical teams and under the medical supervision of the PHYMAREX Institute.

 

Medical supervision

 

Throughout the experiment, a medical team from the PHYMAREX Institute, Doctor Mathieu Coulange (MD) and Doctor Jean-Charles Reynier (MD), continuously monitored Frédéric’s vital parameters – body temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, carbon dioxyde and oxygen saturation…

Because of its immersion at an altitude of 6,400 m, this represents a huge difference in atmospheric pressure compared to a normal dive performed at sea level (1010mb compared to 440mb approx.).

 


This is a very uncommon and exceptional mission, we are taking advantage of this experience to collect as much data as possible. They will be used in publications for the scientific community,’ explains hyperbaric physician Jean-Charles Reynier

Doctor Jean-Charles Reynier (MD)

Hyperbaric Medical Doctor, Phymarex

 

Altitude simulator

 

The ability to reproduce altitudes up to 40,000 m (131,000 feet) in this 20m² hypoxic chamber complex meets the needs of major european and global manufacturers and service companies in the aeronautics and aerospace sector, such as the validation and certification of equipment, masks, suits, helmets, communications, etc.

as well as manned tests in order to prepare and make fully aware pilots and aircrew to hypoxic risks they may have to face during an actual flight.

The close control and monitoring of extreme pressure and temperature conditions allows our company to be involved in a very wide range of projects.

Comex.SA

36, bd de l’Océan – CS 80143
13275 Marseille – Cedex 9 –
FRANCE

+33 4 91 29 75 11

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Comex becomes a biomedical research center

Our company specializing in hyperbaric and hypobaric engineering has just been awarded by the Regional Health Agency, accreditation authorizing it to practice clinical research involving the human person within our premises.

 

What is biomedical research?

 

 

Field of study that aims to improve knowledge about health. To do this, it is based in particular on the collection, with volunteer subjects, of biological and / or medical information.

Biomedical research relies on a step-by-step process, from conception to analysis of results. In order to ensure maximum security for subjects, researches are strictly regulated by law in France:

  • They are studied and conducted by multidisciplinary teams of qualified people (doctors, technicians, statisticians, nurses …).
  • These teams work according to an established protocol.
  • Authorities control researches (National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products or ANSM, Committee for the Protection of Persons or CPP).
  • Throughout a research, committees generally monitor its progress.

 

This biomedical research accreditation concerns two locations at Comex premices.

 

1)  Hyperbaric and Hypobaric Test Center

• Dedicated test facilities (altitude simulator and dive simulator)
• A medical consultation room
• Real-time video and audio monitoring system: to ensure the inside and outside interface of the hypobaric chamber
• A medical oxygenation device available without delay inside / outside the chamber
• A DAD defibrillator + emergency cart
• Resuscitation equipment within the immediate vicinity of the chamber
• Medical monitoring and control devices of the subjects

2) The test pools

The studies will apply to healthy subjects aged 18 to 65 and will focus on physiological topics only.
The medical assistance will be provided by the Institute of Physiology and Medicine in the Maritime Environment and Extreme Environments “PHYMAREX” which brings together a team of doctors and nurses coming mainly from the Public Assistance of Marseille Hospitals (APHM) and more precisely from the Hyperbaric Center of Sainte Marguerite University Hospital. They are trained in hyperbaric medicine and / or emergency medicine and / or aeronautical and aerospace medicine.

They will work under the supervision of Dr. Mathieu COULANGE, Md an emergency doctor specialized in hyperbaric medicine, maritime medicine and aeronautical medicine. Dr COULANGE is Head of Sainte Marguerite University Hospital department for hyperbaric, underwater and maritime medicine. 

“We are pleased with this approval because it mainly concerns hospitals. It is seldom attributed to private companies. However, this approval is not new to COMEX who worked with it for the development of manned deep dives under hydrogen and helium mixes during the 80’s and 90’s.

Alexandre Oskian

Head of the Engineering & Services departments, COMEX.SA

Design of a special hyperbaric machine for the SuperGrid Institute

Design of a special hyperbaric machine for the SuperGrid Institute

Design of a special hyperbaric machine for the SuperGrid Institute

Special machine for hyperbaric tests up to 40 bar internal pressure to validate the submarine connection concepts for offshore high voltage electrical cable networks. In addition to its imposing size, this hyperbaric chamber has the distinctive ability to perform combined tests on submarine systems of high-voltage cables, including water pressure, dielectric stresses, and temperature cycles. The hyperbaric chamber will allow the integration of one or two input cables and one output cable to allow the creation of an electrical circuit.

In 2017 the SuperGrid Institute entrusted COMEX with the design, realization, and integration of this hyperbaric enclosure.

 

A few technical features of this special tool :

 

  •  Combined tests of cables and connectors up to 40 bar pressure and 60°C temperature
  •  Stainless-steel hyperbaric chamber equipped with a porthole and two lights
  •  Self contained handling system necessary to operate this 5 meter long / 10 tons equipment
  •  Innovative 50 bar pressure and watertight feedthroughs for large dimension cables
  •  Provision for various configurations of input and output cables, different in numbers and diameters

 

International standards such as IEC61886 are considered as the basis on which these tests will be carried out. However, many of the tests to be carried out by the SuperGrid Institute relate to new technologies. Therefore they will not correspond to any existing test standard. This innovative test chamber ensures that the electrical performance and the mechanical integrity of the design conform to the specifications of the product. Any water leak, any dielectric or mechanical degradation would lead to a non-compliant result.
In December 2017, the innovative concept of the cable-gland was successfully validated in the CE 1000 test chamber, one of COMEX Hyperbaric Test Center tools.

The SuperGrid Institute for Energy Transition (ITE) is a platform for collaborative research in the field of low-carbon energy, bringing together the skills of industry and public research in a public-private co-investment logic and close collaboration between all the players in the sector.

The objective of the Institute is to develop technologies for SuperGrid, namely the future networks transporting electrical energy, using direct and alternating current at high voltages (in the order of a million volts). These networks are designed for the large-scale routing of energy produced from renewable sources remote from the centers of consumption, including a significant part located in the ocean (offshore), and which will allow, together with the means of flexible storage, to manage the intermittent nature of renewable energies and to ensure the stability and security of the network.

 

Website : http://www.supergrid-institute.com/

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Deployable compression chamber: COMEX equips the Algerian State

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Deployable compression chamber: COMEX equips the Algerian State

In the framework of an earlier contract with the Algerian General Directorate of Civil Protection, two deployable new-generation compression chambers are now in operation.

In the framework of an earlier contract with the Algerian General Directorate of Civil Protection, two deployable new-generation compression chambers are now in operation.

The contract closed with the training of 10 people from the General Directorate of Civil Protection (DGPC). In November 2017, technical experts of the COMEX Engineering and Services Department trained the user staff for level 1 maintenance (according to the standard NF X 60-010) and in the use of deployable emergency compression chamber CX 1800 320.

The two new-generation two-place re-compression chambers, respectively installed in Algiers and Oran, are ready to deliver hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy treatments for all the Algerian territory. In effect, the model of mobile compression chambers was selected to meet the need of the General Directorate of the Civil Protection to use this decompression system for various operations across the country. The containerized structure offers the advantage of moving the equipment by land (by truck) as well as by sea or air.

 

Each hyperbaric chamber is composed of a treatment chamber which can accommodate 2 patients sitting and 1 patient lying down, and an equipped airlock with 2 seats. The equipment, in accordance with the European Directive of Pressure Equipment, is equipped with the latest COMEX technologies for control and design: sessions controlled by an automatic system, support with multiple user modes, LED lighting, innovative communication system. On the other hand, the maintenance staff benefits from facilities and coatings that optimize the decontamination.

The end user can also depend on the COMEX Services Department to carry out maintenance on its complex equipment and to provide assistance for its use.
Pioneer since 1961 in hyperbaric systems, COMEX has installed hundreds of installations around the world and reinforces its ties with the Maghreb.

Management team: Alexandra Oppenheim Delauze (CEO) and Alexandre Oskian (Director of Engineering and Services Departments), the various professions involved in the project: Commercial and technical management, mechanical engineers, fluids experts and technical support, design manager, hyperbaric technicians.

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The COMEX Hypobaric Test Center has just been equipped with a new flight simulator

The COMEX Hypobaric Test Center has just been equipped with a new flight simulator

La Comex installe un simulateur de vols dans son caisson hypobare

In its continued desire to strengthen its partnership with the aeronautics and space industrial sector, COMEX has equipped its Hypobaric Test Center with a flight simulator capable of reproducing aeronautic and spatial flights.

In the altitude simulator, a habitable hypobaric chamber of 20M2 it is possible to reproduce any altitude down to a complete vacuum. This simulator will permit tests on humans at different altitudes, such as, for example, the awareness of hypoxic risks for pilots and students while flying, but also for tests on equipment, mask, combinations, helmet, etc.…

The close collaboration between the services will allow the Space Department to test a simulation of controlling a lunar or Martian rover soon.

Hyperbaric and Hypobaric Test Center of COMEX. Engineering and Services department