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Posted by SLANG on September 26, 2006 at 20:37:09:

In Reply to: Algorithm question posted by FARMHAND on September 26, 2006 at 15:25:37:


You ask a question that is impossible to succinctly answer in a forum such as this -- but here goes. I'm no expert but my understanding is the Buhlman algorithm has historically been the most widely utilized decompression algorithm as a basis for recreational dive computers and tables. It's a Haldanian based, single-phase model incorporating 16 half-time tissue compartments. It is considered by many to be less than "cutting-edge" in terms of decompression theories, as it fails to account for such things as bubble mechanics, by focusing only on dissolved gases. It does not take into account such factors as deep (Pyle) stops, repetitive dives, multiple day diving or reverse profiles, all of which are viewed as significant factors by more modern theories such as RGBM and VPM. On the positive side, it does have by far the most detailed information of any theory regarding its efficacy for use in recreational diving. Obviously, this by no means begins to cover such an in-depth topic as decompression theory. I'm merely trying to give a Reader's Digest summary. If I am incorrect in my understanding, I have no doubt someone will correct my statements. Good luck.


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