A Theoretical Model of Infant Incubator Dynamics

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Barry N. Simon, Narender P. Reddy

Department of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325

Anand Kantak

Department of Neonatology, Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, Akron, OH 44307

J Biomech Eng 116(3), 263-269 (Aug 01, 1994) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2895729 History: Received July 14, 1992; Revised August 10, 1993; Online March 17, 2008


A spatially lumped mathematical model was developed and used for a computer simulation of the neonate-incubator system for parametric analysis of the factors that influence neonatal thermo-regulation. The simulation examined the effects of the following parameters: (1) size of the infant; (2) respiratory rate; (3) metabolic rate; (4) heart rate; (5) thermal properties of the mattress; (6) specific heat capacity of the incubator wall; (7) air flow rate; (8) heater control mechanisms.

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