On-Board Oxygen Generating System Performance Against Chemical Agents

Air Force Material Command
Air Force Material Command

Posted on October 22, 2020 | Completed on October 22, 2020

Are there any technical reports available that describe testing of on-board oxygen generation system (OBOGS) systems in the presence of chemical agents or simulants?

1. Inquiry

HDIAC received the following technical inquiry (TI) from a researcher at Battelle supporting the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH:

Looking for any technical reports available that describe testing of on-board oxygen generation system (OBOGS) systems in the presence of chemical agents or simulants [1].

2. HDIAC Response

HDIAC conducted a literature search and review of the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Research & Engineering (R&E) Gateway and a review of a dataset that HDIAC has been developing during work on an ongoing core analysis task (CAT) for the Joint Program Manager CBRN Protection (JPM-P) related to Contamination Mitigation.

3. Literature Review

Searches of DTIC’s R&E Gateway and HDIAC’s Contamination Mitigation CAT dataset were performed to determine what reports were available. The search term “OBOGS” AND (“CBRN” OR “Chemical Agent” OR “Simulant“) returned 275 results from the R&E Gateway. A manual review of the several hundred documents in the HDIAC Contamination Mitigation dataset was also conducted and did not yield any results pertaining to the performance of OBOGS. Table 1 lists the documents that contained information from the testing of OBOGS against chemical agents or simulants following a review and analysis of the returned results.

Table 1:  Results of R&E Gateway and Contamination Mitigation Literature Searches

 

Title / Author(s) / Organization

Date Published/ Accession No./ Distribution Statement
Advanced Oxygen Systems for Aircraft (Systemes d’Oxygene Avances)

Author(s): Ernsting, John, Miller, Richard L.

Org: ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRANCE)

1996-04-01

ADA306996

A – Approved for Public Release

Filtration of Chemical Agents in U.S. Aircraft Oxygen Generation System

Author(s): McDonald, John, Kay, Robert

Org: AIRESEARCH MFG. CO., TORRANCE, CA

1988-12-01

ADB129101

C – US Government Agencies and their Contractors only

X – Export Controlled

Formal Test Report for the Chemical/Biological Agent Intrusion into Aircraft Environmental Control Systems and a Viable Mitigating Method

Author(s): Chinn, Kenneth S.

Org: WEST DESERT TEST CENTER, DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, UTAH

2001-11-01

ADB275472

B – US Government Access Only

Evaluation of F-16 Cockpit Purge Efficiency from a Chemical Vapor Challenge

Author(s): Jensen, Jerry G., Davis, William, Theys, Angela, Greer, William T., Murdock, Richard C., Adams, Scott T.

Org: LEIDOS, ALEXANDRIA, VA

2019-09-05

AD1082367

D – DoD and DoD Contrs Only

X – Export Controlled

Chemical Agent Challenges of the On-Board Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS)

Author(s): Whiting, John H., Sutton, Gary L.

Org: ARMY DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, UT, MATERIEL TEST DIRECTORATE

1983-08-01

CBRNIAC-CB-153365

B – US Government Access Only

On-Board Oxygen Generation System Chemical Filtration

Author(s): Mahle, John, Hoene, Jeffery, Weller, Edward, Bruni, Eric, Carey, Gary, Jenkins, Amanda

Org: ARMY EDGEWOOD CHEMICAL BIOLOGICAL CENTER, ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD, RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY DIR

2015-09-01

ADB411053

C – US Government Agencies and their Contractors only

Pressure Swing Adsorption Air Filtration Technology Evaluation for Chemical Agent Protection

Author(s): Thompson, Jerry D., Buettner, Leonard C., Mahle, John J.

Org: EDGEWOOD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER, ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD

1993-05-01

CBRNIAC-CB-023654

B – US Government Access Only

The Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft Chemical and Biological Survivability System Level Qualification, Live Fire Test and Evaluation Report

Author(s): Greer, William T., Theys, Angela M., Nemes, G. J., Lorch, Daniel

Org: 711th HUMAN PERFORMANCE WING, AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORY, WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OH

2018-11-02

AD1069975

D – DoD and DoD Contractors Only
X- Export Controlled

Filtration of Chemical Agents in U.S. Aircraft Oxygen Generation System

Author(s): McDonald, John, Kay, Robert

Org: AIRESEARCH MFG. CO., TORRANCE, CA

1986-01-17

ADB102688

C – US Government Agencies and their Contractors only

X – Export Controlled

Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) Protection Concepts for the Utility Helicopters

Author(s): Claeys, Henry M., Smisek, Richard F.

Org: AIRESEARCH MFG. CO., TORRANCE, CA

1986-02-01

ADB100438

C – US Government Agencies and their Contractors only

Evaluation of F-22 Cockpit Purge Efficiency from a Chemical Vapor Challenge

Author(s): Jensen, Jerry G., Davis, William, Theys, Angela, Greer, William T., Murdock, Richard C., Adams, Scott T.

Org: LEIDOS, ALEXANDRIA,VA

2018-12-01

AD1071131

D – DoD and DoD Contrs Only

X – Export Controlled

The documents listed in Table 1 vary in their distribution statements. Files of interest to the agency can be provided via the DoD SAFE file transfer system following confirmation of a valid .mil email address to use in sending the documents.

Reference

[1] G. Stickel. OBOGS performance against chemical agents, osTicket inquiry correspondence, October 14, 2020.

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