FHL3004 Environmental Physiology II, Human Experiments Using Centrifuge and Pressure Chambers 7.5 credits

Omgivningsfysiologi II, humanexperimentell verksamhet i centrifug- och tryckkammaranläggningar

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

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Intended learning outcomes *

The comprehensive aim of the course is to provide the participants with practical knowledge regarding how to perform experiments on humans in environmental physiology with special emphasis on the use of human centrifuges and pressure chambers.

The student shall, after having completed the course, have knowledge and understanding of: 

  • Ethical considerations in connection with human experimentation in extreme environments.
  • Medical requirements/health check-ups necessary for individuals who shall participate as experimental subjects/assistants in experiments in extreme environments in: centrifuges, hyperbaric pressure chambers, altitude chambers, climate chambers, wave pool
  • Technical performance and function of above mentioned experimental facilities.
  • Possible accident situations and evacuation- and/or emergency measures during accidents in the different experimental facilities.
  • Biophysical measuring techniques and practical problems with data collection during experiments in centrifuges, pressure chambers, and immersion facilities.

The students shall show skills and proficiency in:

  • Writing a mock application to research ethics committee regarding experiments in either human centrifuge or pressure chamber.
  • To run an experiment in centrifuge, hyperbaric pressure chamber, and altitude chamber in accordance with valid check lists and current routines
  • To handle mock accidents in human centrifuge, hyperbaric chamber, and altitude chamber
  • To handle the special measuring situations that occurs with human experiments in centrifuges, hyperbaric chambers, and altitude chambers, and during immersions

Course Disposition

Lectures, seminars, practical demonstrations and literature studies, but the emphasis will be on practical exercises and experiments.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Graduate student at medical or technological university who has completed the course "Environmental Physiology I, basic theoretical course".

Recommended prerequisites

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Förutom sammanfattning av föreläsningar (”handouts”):
Riktlinjer för etisk värdering av medicinsk humanforskning. F.d. Medicinska forskningsrådets nämnd för forskningsetik. Almqvist § Wixell. 116 sidor. 2003.
Medical Screening of Subjects for Acceleration and Positive Pressure Breathing. Agard Advisory Report 352. 33 sidor. 1997.
Bove A. Fitness to dive. In: Bennet and Elliot’s Physiology and Medicine of Diving. Elsevier, Oxford (eds: A.O. Brubakk & T.S. Neuman. Sid: 700-717.
Checklistor och handhavande-promemorier för centrifug och tryckkammaranläggningar vid avd för Omgivningsfysiologi.
Örnhagen H. Kompendium i hyperbar medicin. Gotab, Stockholm, 1993.
Örnhagen H. Oxygen vid dykeriolycksfall. Gotab, Stockholm, 1996. 
High G Physiological Protection Training Agardograph 322. 1997.
RMS: Dyk (tillämpliga delar), Försvarsmakten, Stockholm, 2010.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

    Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

    The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

    Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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    Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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    Ola Eiken

    Further information

    Course web

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    Course web FHL3004

    Offered by

    CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

    Main field of study *

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    Education cycle *

    Third cycle

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    Professor Ola Eiken, Docent Mikael Gennser, Docent Mikael Grönkvist, Docent Arne Tribukait

    Ethical approach *

    • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
    • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
    • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

    Postgraduate course

    Postgraduate courses at CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems