Ansti LSTF 100-600

About this product

Ansti LSTF 100 - 600 prod image.pngThe Ansti Life Support Equipment Test Facility (LSFT) 100-600 is a fully integrated, laboratory system specifically designed to test and measure the dynamic breathing performance of a wide range of SCUBA equipment to EN250:2014. The tests are conducted accurately and efficiently at the surface an / or immersed in water to a maximum simulated depth of 100msw. The test vessel (nominal internal dimensions diameter 610 x 1300mm deep) is sufficient to accommodate twin cylinder SCUBA diving equipment, diving masks, helmets, bandmasks and rebreathers in the head upright position.

The test vessel lid incorporates a quick release mechanism, which improves efficiency and minimises operator effort. The test vessel is also fitted with a depth controller which when set, allows automatic venting of air to accurately maintain the desired depth. This controller is capable of discharging in excess of 25,000 litres/min of air safely to atmosphere and therefore acts as an emergency relief valve and fails safe in the event of any or all of the following; loss of electrical power, LP air supply, and high pressure seal failure.

The Stainless Steel Breathing Simulator is fitted with a pure sine wave drive linkeage. It has variable tidal volume and push button control of breathing rate. The breathing system is fitted with a heating and humidification system and, with the chiller system to cool the water in the test vessel to 2oC, allows the equipment to be tested to both EN250:2014 and NEDU cold water requirements.

The facility is supplied with a medium ISO head form with adapters to connect other types of life support equipment.


Order code: LSTF100


Item Specification
General The system has approval to European and American design codes. It is supplied as an integrated, fully calibrated turnkey package. A Technical Manual is supplied with comprehensive details of the equipment and contains full Operating Instructions.
Test vessel The test vessel is fully constructed from Stainless Steel and rated to a maximum working pressure of 100 msw. The nominal internal dimensions are 610 dia x 1300 deep. The lid system utilises the ANSTI proprietary quick release locking mechanism and incorporates a pneumatic lifting system with safety interlocks. The lid is also fitted with a manual vent / inter-lock safety device to prevent accidental pressurisation.
Water chiller system The test vessel environment conditions are independently controlled by an external chiller system. This will pre-chill the test vessel water prior to the cold water tests and will maintain the set temperature during testing in accordance with EN250:2014.
Heating / humidification system The Heating / Humidification system is designed to provide >90% RH at a temperature of 28 deg C (+/-2 deg C) for the exhaled air, in accordance with EN250:2014.
Breathing simulator The Breathing Simulator is fully constructed from Stainless Steel. It is of piston design which provides a very accurate / repeatable volume displacement using a pure sine wave drive mechanism. It has adjustable tidal volume settings (1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 and 4 litres) and push button control of breathing rate (10, 15, 20, 25, 30 & 40 breaths per minute) providing ventilations in the range of 10 to 160 litres per minute.
CO2 injection and measurement system The CO2 Injection and Measurement System utilises a mass flow controller capable of injecting a calibrated flow of up to 5 lpm CO2 into the gas stream. The fast response carbon dioxide analyser used for breath by breath measurements is designed to operate from the surface to 100msw. The output from the analyser is displayed in real-time via a real time volume loop on a separate PC and the test data archived for post-test analysis. The system includes all external pipe work and internal sample tubes but excludes rebreather inspired hose adapters, as they are specific to the apparatus under test.
Oxygen uptake simulation / measurement system The simulation of oxygen uptake is achieved via combination of instruments allowing the removal of gas mixtures from the test apparatus and the injection of a pure or mixed gas diluent. The system includes digital flow meter and mass flow controller as well as a fast response oxygen analyser integrated to function with the computerised data acquisition system. The system is again designed to function from 3msw to 100msw at 0.5-3lpm of O2 consumption for a ppO2 of 1.0 bar and includes all injection, removal, and sample probe tubes. Tests greater than 100msw require a mass spectrometer option.
Computer and instrumentation The Ansti data acquisition module is based on a PC linked to the USB high speed data acquisition card. The system generates a range of real time displays of Pressure-Volume diagrams and provides a data archiving and retrieval for visual display and optional printing of test results. The system is controlled via sub menu selection options.
Control console The main sub-systems are integrated into the control console module. The front fascia panel includes the test vessel lid controls, pre-set automatic depth controller, descent / ascent control rates and breathing machine controls etc. Access to the breathing simulator is via twin front panels each fitted with safety inter-locks to automatically isolate the breathing simulator if opened whilst in operation.

The test facility incorporates an integrated CO2 injection / O2 mixture removal and measurement system. The system combines a range of instruments to allow fixed ventilation rate/depth simulation for O2 removal and CO2 generation whilst monitoring the response of the breathing apparatus under test. The system includes a computerised data acquisition system to allow both real-time monitoring and post-test analysis of the CO2 breakthrough characteristics of CO2 canisters, breath by breath CO2 build up in full facemasks / diving helmets and inspired O2 levels.

The test facility is simple and logical to use and, when combined with the computerised data acquisition system, allows the operator to complete a 100msw test in less than 5 minutes. The computer is programmed to be a virtual instrument with key operator information, such as depth, cylinder pressure, exhaled gas temperature etc, displayed on the screen. The operator can view equipment performance via a range of multiple real-time displays. The acquired data can then be analysed, reviewed, archived, and / or printed in the form of Test Certificates. 

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Datasheet Ansti Life Support Equipment Test Facility (LSTF) 100-600 LSTF-MDS-3 R0 23/04/2020 PDF (1).png