RESEARCH PAPERS: Additional Research Papers

Boundary Element Method Analysis for the Bioheat Transfer Equation

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Cho Lik Chan

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721

J Biomech Eng 114(3), 358-365 (Aug 01, 1992) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2891396 History: Received March 11, 1991; Revised October 26, 1991; Online March 17, 2008


In this paper, the b oundary e lement m ethod (BEM) approach is applied to solve the Pennes (1948) bioheat equation. The objective is to develop the BEM formulation and demonstrate its feasibility. The basic BEM formulations for the transient and steady-state cases are first presented. To demonstrate the usefulness of the BEM approach, numerical solutions for 2-D steady-state problems are obtained and compared to analytical solutions. Further, the BEM formulation is applied to model a conjugate problem for an artery imbedded in a perfused heated tissue. Analytical solution is possible when the conduction in the x-direction is negligible. The BEM and analytical results have very good agreement.

Copyright © 1992 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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