Date of Award
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Master of Science
A fighter pilots greatest strength is the weakness of his or her opponent. Commonly, this strength comes down to the maneuverability of the aircraft, particularly the ability to out-climb. Since the 1980's, the thrust produced by these engines have the ability to drain the pilots head of blood causing a state of unconsciousness due to the overwhelming forces of gravity for upwards of 30 seconds; often times having fatal outcomes.
This thesis explores the feasibility of detecting of blood flow by means of arterial wall expansion (pulse patency) and blood oxygenation using a microprocessor to continually monitor the signals from this two part sensor where by insight into the development of a g-induced loss of consciousness sensing system can be developed. Results indicate greater than 90% accuracy pulse patency detection using an accelerometer. Simulation and physical models were used as well as human testing to develop a blood oxygenation and pulse patency sensor, or BOPS.
Pretorius, Herman, "Pulse patency and oxygenation sensing system development to detect g-induced loss of consciousness" (2013). Master's Theses and Capstones. 775.