Modeling Transient Heat Transfer Through the Skin and Superficial Tissues—1: Surface Insulation

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D. A. Hodson, G. Eason

Department of Mathematics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K.

J. C. Barbenel

Bloengineering Unit, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K.

J Biomech Eng 108(2), 183-188 (May 01, 1986) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138599 History: Received August 07, 1984; Revised February 11, 1986; Online June 12, 2009


Two models of transient heat transfer through the skin and superficial tissues are presented. One model comprises a finite slab and semi-infinite slab, representing the epidermis and subdermal tissues, respectively, and a heat-generating interface representing the thermal effect of blood flow through the dermis. A model is also considered where the three tissue regions are represented more conventionally by three finite slabs. A transient problem arising from surface insulation is examined and analytical solutions derived from the first model are compared with numerical solutions derived from the second.

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