Design of a Novel Portable Flow Meter for Measurement of Average and Peak Inspiratory Flow
Johnson, Arthur T
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The maximum tolerable physical effort that workers can sustain is of significance across many industrial sectors. These limits can be determined by assessing physiological responses to maximal workloads. Respiratory response is the primary metric to determine energy expenditure in industries that use respirator masks to protect against airborne contaminants. Current studies fail to evaluate endurance under conditions that emulate employee operating environments. Values obtained in artificial laboratory settings may be poor indicators of respiratory performance in actual work environments. To eliminate such discrepancies, equipment that accurately measures peak respiratory flows in situ is needed. This study provides a solution in the form of a novel portable flow meter design that accurately measures average and peak inspiratory flow of a user wearing an M40A1 respirator mask.