Airflow from the lungs are measured by applying an innovative, patented solid state technology. The monitor has the capability of monitoring lung functions on a daily basis and downloading the data to a web based platform. This is especially useful in certain disease entities where lung function measurement becomes critical, such as asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis.
The sensor is constructed by building an array of needles, and a sensing probe. A Royer oscillator from a CCFL inverter is rectified to create a High voltage DC. The needles are connected to the negative output and the positive to a Wireless Bluetooth logging multi-meter. The negative input of the multi-meter is connected to the sensing electrode. The final design will be fed to a high-impedance voltage buffer, then a resistor divider with a protection diode to an Analog to digital converter and microcontroller. The output voltage varies largely depending on the length and amount (and thus surface area for charge build-up) of the electrodes, the surface area of the probe to capture the charge as well as the humidity of the air passing the needles.
Professor Pieter Fourie, Department of Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Stellenbosch University.
Professor Willie Perold, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Stellenbosch University.
Professor Johan Smith, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, Stellenbosch University.
Chris Fourie, Innovation4Life.
Marco Steenkamp, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Stellenbosch University.
Johannes Vorster, Department of Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Stellenbosch University.
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