This model represents a bifurcating bronchiole with two alveolar compartments. The resistance to air flow is represented by resistors, and the compliance is repsented by a capacitor. It compares this model to Lutchen's model.
Model number: 0337
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This model represents a bifurcating bronchiole with two alveoli. This model is driven by external forcing pressure (Ptp) as with positive pressure ventilation. There is no exchange between alveoli and blood, and the fluid (air) is assumed to be incompressible. The pressure fluctuation at the mouth has a range of 5 mmHg to 9 mmHg. It includes a comparison with Lutchen's model for two cases: Case 1 and Case 6sine. Case 1 is for normal alveolar compartments that have synchronized flows and volume changes, and uses the exponential pressure forcing function used in Lutchen's model. Case 6sine is for obstructive lung disease affecting only one alveolar compartment, and uses a sinusoidal pressure forcing function.
Representative Electrical Circuit:
The forcing pressure at the mouth for Case 1: Exponential forcing:
The forcing pressure at the mouth for Case 6: Sinusoidal forcing:
Governing Equations in the BronchTwoAlv model:
Governing Equations in Lutchen's model:
The equations for this model may be viewed by running the JSim model applet and clicking on the Source tab at the bottom left of JSim's Run Time graphical user interface. The equations are written in JSim's Mathematical Modeling Language (MML). See the Introduction to MML and the MML Reference Manual. Additional documentation for MML can be found by using the search option at the Physiome home page.
M.G. Levitsky, Pulmonary Physiology, Sixth Edition, McGraw Hill, 2003.
- Lutchen Model,
- BronchTwoAlv: Simplified Lutchen Model,
- BTEX10_OscillatingFlow : BTEX10 used as a pipe for oscillating flow,
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