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The Recovery of the Anesthetic Isofluran

by Trimicia Archibald


Submitted : Fall 2008

There is a possibility of recovering some amount of isoflurane that a patient breathes out while under anesthetic. The gas stream leaving the patient's lung is assured to contain at least a mole fraction of 0.005 of isoflurane. Using this information, coupled with the temperature and pressure, we determined two things:

  1. The temperature needed for a condenser in order to recover 80% of the isoflurane, and
  2. The latent heat of vaporization for the isoflurane at the condenser temperature.

The Antoine equation is used to calculate the temperature for the condenser to recover 80% of isoflurane and the Clausius-Clapeyron equation is used to calculate the vaporization.

Keywords: Isoflurane, Anesthetic, Exhaled breath



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Advisors :
Arcadii Grinshpan, Mathematics and Statistics
Scott Campbell, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering
Suggested By :
Scott Campbell