Repeatability Investigations of a Handheld Electronic Spirometer

  • Dawid KucharskiEmail author
  • Marta Michalska
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 925)


We present a study of the repeatability of an electronic handheld spirometer in the mechanical properties studies of the respiratory system. We use a novel mechanical system for the human respiratory system simulations. The measurement method is described and a statistical data analysis is given. The uncertainty budget of the measurements and conclusions about repeatability of the tested handheld electronic spirometer are provided.


Human respiratory system Handheld spirometer Measurements Repeatability 



The authors wish to thank the Mechatronika Wyposażenie Dydaktyczne Company for the construction and programming of the test setup.


This work was supported by grant 02/22/DSPB/1432.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Management, Institute of Mechanical Technology, Division of Metrology and Measurement SystemsPoznan University of TechnologyPoznanPoland

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