Type of Culminating Activity
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical and Biomechanical Engineering
Michelle Sabick, Ph.D.
Don Plumlee, Ph.D.
Trevor Lujan, Ph.D.
The American Association for Respiratory Care has reported a need to stockpile 5,000-10,000 mass casualty ventilators with supplemental oxygen in preparation for pandemic emergencies (1). The American Medical Association specifies oxygen concentrators supply oxygen at 5 liters per minute at ≥90% purity (2). However, these design specifications may not be the most efficient use of system resources in portable oxygen concentrators using pressure swing adsorption. A testbed was developed to investigate the system performance of an oxygen concentrator while altering the system inlet and outlet pressures and flow rates. This investigation demonstrates that a more efficient portable oxygen concentrator, which provides oxygen at
Williams, Paul Robert, "Characterization and Feasibility of a Portable Oxygen Concentrator for Use with a Mass Casualty Ventilator" (2013). Boise State University Theses and Dissertations. 785.