Bob Bolland's Okinawa Rebreather Site

* IDA-72, see translation at the bottom of this page.
Also see a description of the unmodified IDA-72

Images of the Unmodified IDA-72

The rig lying on the rear shell
        Shown is the original harness, the valve block (connected to three hoses) for the flush and demand modes seen here on top.

Here is the rig again lying on the rear shell
        Shown is the valve block for the flush and demand modes as well as the large exhaust valve in the center of the rig.

Here's the rig with the rear shell removed
        The above image shows a portion of the original harness, the huge scrubber and the twin 2-liter oxygen cylinders, rated at 200 BAR (2900 psi). The counterlung has been removed. The rig is relatively large, and the attached upper carrying-handle (the sturdy V-shaped rod here on the left) is a nice touch for handling the rig. Also, the on/off valve for the on-board O2 tanks is located at the lower RH corner of the shell (the green knob at the upper RH side of the rig seen in the above image). This valve is easily accessed by the diver during the dive.

Scrubber removed and the counterlung in position
        This view shows the two large ports which attach the counterlung to the scrubber.

The "Rat's Nest" of miscellaneous components
        It looks complex, but it's really just an assembly of individual components having various functions. The tubing is of high quality, with all of the fittings being silver-soldered in place. No compression fittings are used in any of the components. Also, note that the bottom of the chassis is protected by a relatively thick heavy-duty flange, which supports the weight of the rig during suit-up. A very convenient addition to the IDA-72. The gauge shown in the lower center is for viewing the internal cylinder pressure, viewable through an opening in the outer shell and it was used primarily for pre-dive checks.

The two shells stripped of internals
        Everything has been removed with the exception of the O2 bottle and scrubber tethers on the inside shell.

        * IDA-72 is the abbreviation for the Russian words, Isolirujuschiy Dykhatelnyi Apparat ("Insulating Breathing Apparatus") and the year of development (1972). This information furnished by my friend Tina Molodtsova, at the Russian P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, which incidentally, is the oldest and the largest Russian research center in the field of oceanology.

NOTE: This page in re presentation with Bob Bolland's Okinawa Rebreather Site.

Page Date: 26 Mar '07
Page Modification Date: 26 Mar '07
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