A new method for the calibration of peak flow meters

Bushman, John A., Calvert, J. Roger and Stockwell, James (1997) A new method for the calibration of peak flow meters Medical Engineering & Physics, 19, (4), pp. 359-365. (doi:10.1016/S1350-4533(96)00027-6).


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The objective of this paper is to assess the current methods for the calibration of peak flow meters and devise a method of producing a known flow with an inexpensive apparatus simple enough to be built from a set of dimensions. The methods currently available tend to be expensive and complex or impractical for routine use. The aim was that the wave form produced should approximate to a forced expiratory flow and be capable of being described in mathematical terms and be relatively inexpensive to produce. The resulting apparatus which has been built, produces a sine wave flow the peak of which can be set to any desired level and be determined to a high degree of accuracy. The apparatus can be built from a set of dimensions and is inexpensive. The apparatus is a primary and not a derived standard.

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Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/S1350-4533(96)00027-6
ISSNs: 1350-4533 (print)
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Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 22:57
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/21088

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