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Modeling Heat Regulation With a Structured Mesh, Finite Volume Approach in a Voxelized Domain

[+] Author Affiliations
Rohan Amare, Amir A. Bahadori, Steven Eckels

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Paper No. IMECE2018-88036, pp. V003T04A057; 8 pages
  • ASME 2018 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 3: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, November 9–15, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5202-6
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


Modeling human thermal behavior is important for applications involving medical device design, non-ionizing radiation dosimetry, and human comfort. Most thermal models use the finite element method (FEM) to represent the complicated domain structure. With the FEM, challenges in mesh and equation derivation limit rapid implementation. Finite difference (FDM) and finite volume (FVM) methods are alternatives to the FEM but have their own limitations. The FDM faces challenges in discontinuous domains at the boundaries. The FVM provides a possible solution to problems faced with FDM and FEM use.

In a computational human phantom generated from medical imaging data, the finite volume structure is readily available in the form of two-dimensional pixels and three-dimensional voxels. However, geometric characteristics of rectangular prisms prevent acceptable surface-area convergence for curved surfaces, introducing an error that substantially impacts boundaries between regions such as a convection interface.

The present work focuses on developing surface-area corrections for a domain generated from computed tomography scans. These geometric corrections are coupled with an FVM heat-transfer solution on a structured mesh. Solutions are demonstrated for thermoregulation in a domain similar to a section of the human forearm. The ultimate goal of this work is to evaluate human body temperature distributions under the influence of external stimuli and internal heat generation.

Copyright © 2018 by ASME
Topics: Heat , Modeling



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