Modeling Energy Transport in Porcine Skin

Modeling Energy Transport in Porcine Skin

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The ability to measure the burn depth in human skin is of great importance in identifying and successfully treating burn injuries. A non-invasive method for measuring this depth is described where a jet of cold air is impinged on the skin and the thermal and physiological response of the skin is observed. A computational model is developed to characterize the temperature response of the dead or burnt skin. This is validated using an experiment involving a jet impinging on a pig skin sample, with temperature measurements made by a non-invasive infrared thermocouple. This data can be used to create and compare a similar model with the inclusion of the physiological response that is present when the test is administered on live or partially burnt skin. Then a correlation may be developed that will predict the burn depth in the affected tissue.The test specimens for these experiments were 4a#39;a#39; by 4a#39;a#39; swatches of pig skin with approximately 1a#39;a#39; of meat still attached underneath the dermis. Pig skin was ... Since the pig specimen is no longer living, the skin should well represent burnt, or dead, human skin. ... Figure 2.2 - Diagram of jet and IR thermocouple placement 7.

Title:Modeling Energy Transport in Porcine Skin
Author:Jeff Keslin
Publisher:ProQuest - 2009


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