Sensitivity analysis of one- dimensional heat transfer in tissue with temperature-dependent perfusion

C. R. Davies, H. Harasaki, G. M. Saidel

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Design criteria for implantable, heat-generating devices such as the total artificial heart require the determination of safe thresholds for chronic heating. This involves in-vivo experiments in which tissue temperature distributions are obtained in response to known heat sources. Prior to experimental studies, simulation using a mathematical model can help optimize the design of experiments. In this paper, a theoretical analysis of heat transfer is presented that describes the dynamic, one-dimensional distribution of temperature from a heated surface. Loss of heat by perfmion is represented by temperature-independent and temperature-dependent terms that can reflect changes in local control of blood flow. Model simulations using physiologically appropriate parameter values indicate that the temperature elevation profile caused by a heated surface adjacent to tissue may extend several centimeters into the tissue. Furthermore, sensitivity analysis indicates the conditions under which temperature profiles are sensitive to changes in thermal diffusivity and perfusion parameters. This information provides the basis for estimation of model parameters in different tissues and for prediction of the thermal responses of these tissues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-80
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biomechanical Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Physiology (medical)


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