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Temperature and humidity of expired air of sheep

Johnson, K.G., Callahan, S.M. and Strack, R. (1988) Temperature and humidity of expired air of sheep. Australian Journal of Biological Sciences, 41 (3). pp. 309-13.

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The temperature and humidity of expired air from three adult Merino sheep were measured at air temperatures of 20, 30 and 40 degrees C before and after the animals were shorn. Expired air was apparently always saturated with water vapour. At the higher air temperatures the temperature of expired air was close to deep body temperature; at lower air temperatures, expired air had been significantly cooled, e.g. to 32.3 degrees C in shorn sheep at 20 degrees C air temperature. Expired air was cooler from shorn than from unshorn animals at 20 and 30 degrees C air temperature, possibly due to thermally induced vasomotor changes in the upper respiratory tract. Cooling of expired air would be expected to lead to recovery of some of the water evaporated during inspiration; at 20 degrees C air temperature, this fraction was estimated to be 25% in unshorn sheep and 36% in shorn sheep.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary Studies
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Copyright: © CSIRO 1988
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