Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

Studies have shown that more than 50 million Americans suffer from a form of chronic rhinitis. To fix this problem surgeons perform a partial nasal turbinectomy, which may improve the patient's condition or lead to an iatrogenic condition, Empty Nose Syndrome. The goal is to design and construct a machine that is able to control tidal volumes and respiration rates so one can explore various breathing patterns for any age or possible physical activity level. The machine will allow the team to analyze various unsteady state nasal flow patterns. Experiments were conducted on a model nasal cavity to measure the pressure and airflow rate in the nose pre and post surgery. The data will help verify computational calculations and enhance the understanding of a proper turbinate alteration.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Major

Physics

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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