Publication Date

Spring 2023


Tracheostomy Speaking Valve, Optimization


The purpose of this thesis investigation is to develop and present an iterative methodological framework for the optimization of a particular tracheostomy speaking valve which integrates the use of engineering computational, experimental, and analytical methods and tools. Background information related to tracheostomy speaking valves as well as the methods and tools to be implemented in the methodological framework are presented. The designed framework and results of its initial implementation as well as recommendations for future work are also discussed. Ultimately, the development and implementation of this integrated framework has the potential to be extended to the optimization of other tracheostomy speaking valves and respiratory devices.