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dc.contributor.advisorMylrea, Kenneth C.en_US
dc.contributor.authorWatt, Richard Comrie, 1952-
dc.creatorWatt, Richard Comrie, 1952-en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-16T09:37:37Z
dc.date.available2013-05-16T09:37:37Z
dc.date.issued1990en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/291711
dc.description.abstractThe goal of this work was to assess the feasibility of using corona discharge quenching by anesthetic gases as a technique for anesthetic gas concentration measurement. Two experiments were conducted to investigate corona discharge and measure changes due to anesthetic gases. Experiment One used a chamber in which a high voltage was imposed across two parallel plane electrodes, between which gases under test could flow. Halothane, ethrane, and nitrous oxide were shown to have corona discharge quenching effects proportional to their relative potency. In an attempt to improve accuracy and decrease baseline drift a second system was fabricated. This system used an improved voltage source, temperature and humidity control and a chamber in which gases flowed between two concentric cylindrical electrodes. Results from the second experiment showed that the complex physics of corona discharge quenching by anesthetic gases could not be easily used for reliable measurement of anesthetic gas concentrations.
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
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dc.subjectEngineering, Biomedical.en_US
dc.titleCorona discharge in anesthetic gasesen_US
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dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
dc.identifier.proquest1339891en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineElectrical and Computer Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b26237957en_US
refterms.dateFOA2018-08-30T01:57:45Z
html.description.abstractThe goal of this work was to assess the feasibility of using corona discharge quenching by anesthetic gases as a technique for anesthetic gas concentration measurement. Two experiments were conducted to investigate corona discharge and measure changes due to anesthetic gases. Experiment One used a chamber in which a high voltage was imposed across two parallel plane electrodes, between which gases under test could flow. Halothane, ethrane, and nitrous oxide were shown to have corona discharge quenching effects proportional to their relative potency. In an attempt to improve accuracy and decrease baseline drift a second system was fabricated. This system used an improved voltage source, temperature and humidity control and a chamber in which gases flowed between two concentric cylindrical electrodes. Results from the second experiment showed that the complex physics of corona discharge quenching by anesthetic gases could not be easily used for reliable measurement of anesthetic gas concentrations.


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