Good Morning and Happy Tuesday—Today is a Monday for most of you but for me it is Tuesday and as always I have a lot to do; however, I think that is probably true for most of us. Today I want to talk about “Explosive Decompression” and while I found many sources to use I am going to start with a single source. The source is Geoffrey A. Landis a scientist, now working at the NASA Glenn Research Center, and an author who wrote a very good article titled, “Human Exposure to Vacum.”
At the conclusion of the article I have a quick video that merits your time, and remember that when you go from positive pressure to negative pressure that the air in your lungs is sucked out by the pressure change – makes it hard to hold your breath.
January 21, 2014
The discussion here has focused only on exposure to vacuum. However, in general the action of being exposed to vacuum will also involve a rapid decompression. This event is generally known as “explosive decompression,” and apart from the simple effect of vacuum on the body, the explosive decompression event itself will be hazardous. As noted, explosive decompression will be particularly bad if the decompression subject attempts to hold his or her breath during decompression.