The unidirectional flow through the gas-exchanging bronchi of bird lungs is known to be effected by (1) the structure of the major bronchi and (2) a pressure difference between the cranial and caudal air sacs. To study the effects of bronchial structure, simple physical models of bird lungs were constructed. They suggested that, to achieve unidirectional flow, air in the caudal portion of the primary bronchus must be directed towards the orifices of the mediodorsal bronchi. To study the effect of air sac pressures, a controllable pressure difference was produced between the air sac orifices of fixed duck lungs. The cranial orifices had a higher pressure than the caudal ones during inhalation and vice versa during exhalation. There was a set of pressure differences for which the paleopulmo received the same flow rate during inhalation as during exhalation. High pressure differences caused more flow in the paleopulmo during exhalation than during inhalation; low pressure differences had the converse effect.
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JOURNAL ARTICLE| 01 May 1988
Fluid mechanical valving of air flow in bird lungs
D. O. Kuethe
Department of Zoology, Duke University, Durham, NC 27706.
Online Issn: 1477-9145
Print Issn: 0022-0949
© 1988 by Company of Biologists
J Exp Biol (1988) 136 (1): 1–12.
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D. O. Kuethe; Fluid mechanical valving of air flow in bird lungs. J Exp Biol 1 May 1988; 136 (1): 1–12. doi: https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.136.1.1
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