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This model is based on Lutchen et al. A nonlinear model combining pulmonary mechanics and gas concentration dynamics. IEEE Trans. Biomed. Eng. 29: 629-641, 1982


 The model equations derived from mass and force balances describe the intrabreath 
 dynamics of pressure, flow, volume, and gas species concentration after a step change 
 in gas composition at the airway opening.

 This model has two parallel, perfectly mixed alveolar compartments connected to a single, 
 constant-volume airway (dead space) in which no mixing occurs. There is a mixing point m 
 at the junction of the two alveolar compartments and the conducting airway (see figure below). The 
 gas that enters the airway opening during inspiration will reach the mixing point after 
 the dead space is cleared. During expiration, until the dead space is cleared, the output 
 concentration at the airway opening is the input concentration. 	

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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.

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 Lutchen KR, Primiano FP Jr, Saidel GM; Nonlinear model combining pulmonary mechanics 
 and gas concentration dynamics. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 29(9):629-41, 1982. 	
Key terms
Pulmonary mechanics
Gas concentration
Alveolar compartment
Dead space
Respiratory System
Airway mechanics

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Model development and archiving support at https://www.imagwiki.nibib.nih.gov/physiome provided by the following grants: NIH U01HL122199 Analyzing the Cardiac Power Grid, 09/15/2015 - 05/31/2020, NIH/NIBIB BE08407 Software Integration, JSim and SBW 6/1/09-5/31/13; NIH/NHLBI T15 HL88516-01 Modeling for Heart, Lung and Blood: From Cell to Organ, 4/1/07-3/31/11; NSF BES-0506477 Adaptive Multi-Scale Model Simulation, 8/15/05-7/31/08; NIH/NHLBI R01 HL073598 Core 3: 3D Imaging and Computer Modeling of the Respiratory Tract, 9/1/04-8/31/09; as well as prior support from NIH/NCRR P41 RR01243 Simulation Resource in Circulatory Mass Transport and Exchange, 12/1/1980-11/30/01 and NIH/NIBIB R01 EB001973 JSim: A Simulation Analysis Platform, 3/1/02-2/28/07.