Pneumotachograph for flow and volume measurement in normal and dense atmospheres

R. Gelfand, C. J. Lambertsen, R. E. Peterson, A. Slater

Abstract

Measurement of ventilatory flow during pulmonary function maneuvers and in severe exercise by the pneumotachograph flow transducer in dense atmospheres is handicapped by the inverse relationship between the linear range ofsuch transducers and gas density. This limitation in the usefulness of the pneumotachograph can be overcome by mounting such flow transducers in parallel and taking into account the reduction in peak ventilatory flow transducers in parallel and taking into account the reduction in peak ventilatory flow which occurs with increasing density. The design of such assemblies, their static performance characteristics, and a drift subtractor, constructedto stabilize the output of the pneumotachograph pressure transducer, are described.