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OK people I need some help here cos I'm getting confused.
I have 2 questions.
1) I'm working on a gas consumption of 25l/min (at the surface) this will give me 3 times consumtion (75) at 20m and 4 times (100) consumption at 30m. Is this correct.
So a 12l 230 bar cylinder (assume 50 bar safety) means I get 180 bar x 12 (approx) gas = 2160 ltrs of gas to consume. So for the depths quoted I will have 29 mins and 21mins respectively. Assuming no descent time and an absolutely flat profile (I know thats not likely), but just for calculation purposes. Am I correct?
2)Ascent rate, I've been trained to rise at 18m/min but I've seem people posting rates as low as 3m/min, my computer works on 18m/min also (its a Suunto). Which one is correct?
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Yep, I'd say that was right, Matt.

But if you really take 4 mins to descend, take 2 mins to get back up to 5m, do a 3 min stop and then another minute to ascend you would only have about 23mins "bottom time", but 29 mins dive time, plus a safety stop.

Maybe you need a 15 tank?! ;)
 

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Chers Lou.
The figures used were for maths calcs only. tis true that currently I seem to be guzzling at 25l/min surface but on a 12l that is actually getting me close to RDP limits if actually average 15m (on a 20m dive) and consequently lower consumption. So I just needed to be sure of the theory re: consumption and gas planning. The other site seems to be bashing consumption rates around that dont make sense. I needed confirmation that I'm not bonkers. They are also debating ascent rates (its on the equipment page though if interested), you know which site? Matt
 

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Yep, been following the thread, but i think folks are just talking at cross purposes.  About 25l/min is witihin reason  (think about filling paper bags with each breath and how many you might fill in a minute, the visualation hepls when folks are talking about 10l/min or whatever!).  Men use more air that women *in general*, and fitness, stress and temperature all comes into it too.  

How have you worked out your SAC?  
 

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without my log book handy, Difference between start and finish pressure e.g. 170 bar, multiply by tank size (12l) gives me a volume of 2040 lt. Divided by total time (32 mins) = 64l/min, divide by av depth factor i.e. 15mt = 2.5 times gas consumption, therefore 55/2.5 = 25.5 l/min sac equivalent. Ignore the temp change causing press drop/rise as Stoney had same air and water temp. Av depth gained from computer.
Sound good too you?
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It depends how your computer works out the average depth, I suppose.  I am just working this through in my head.  Obviously the best way is at a constant depth, and take the start and end pressures for that depth.  

If you are using the computer's average depth and the computer samples depth at a fairly slow rate then things like reaching downwards to look at stuff, and ascending with your arm raised could cause some skewing.  It on a deeper profile it wouldn't make so much difference, but on a 10m dive, for example, it could.

Maybe (and i'm thinking aloud here for myself as well), it is worth spending half a winter training dive just mincing at a constant depth and average workrate, noting start and end pressures and going from that.  Then averaging depth, worrying about pressure/temperature variances and variable workrates over a dive are irrelevant?
 

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Hi Hobby, on here as well?
No I'm not going to get bogged down with it, just curious that's all. Someone on the other site suggested when I get low start to nick my buddies air (he's 15 fit as a butchers dog and sips air, oh to be like that). Good idea, I paid for it. Good maxim, get out when you cant breath no more!! I've got enough to think about on a dive without worrying about how much I'm breathing. Its just that up till now I've drunk it at a rate that prevented me overstaying bottom time, now I'm getting a bit close so I'll have to a) plan the dive on tables or b) keep an eye on the computer, gets complicated this lark doesnt it.
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Matt

ps the link didnt work, this one does though
<a href="http://www.runtime-diving.co.uk/rtcalcs.HTML

(Edited" target="_blank">http://www.runtime-diving.co.uk/rtcalcs.HTML

(Edited</a> by MATTBIN at 1:38 pm on Sep. 12, 2002)
 

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Mmm,swine computer,sorry about the links Matt.Anyway,don't worry about your consumption,there are inumerable factors that can affect it and it will settle/improve with experience,familiarity etc.I did a lot of pool work for a while and after a couple of weeks it was'nt unusual to get 4-6 hrs out of a single when working.Throw one of us in a canal in winter and you'd breathe like an alligator in a handbag factory though.Hope this link works,there's some further good links at the end of it too,(it's on Rodale's).Regards. http://www.scubadiving.com/training/instruction/23airtips/
 
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