Modeling and Numerical Simulation of Bioheat Transfer

and Biomechanics in Soft Tissue

Wensheng Shen, and Jun Zhang
Laboratory for High Performance Scientific Computing and Computer Simulation
Department of Computer Science
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0046, USA

Fuqian Yang
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0046, USA


A mathematical model describing the thermomechanical interactions in biological bodies at high temperature is proposed by treating the soft tissue in biological bodies as a thermoporoelastic media. The heat transfer and elastic deformation in soft tissues are examined based on the Pennes bioheat transfer equation and the modified Duhamel-Neuman equations. The three dimensional governing equations based on the proposed model is discretized using a 19 point finite difference scheme. The resulting large sparse linear system is solved by a preconditioned Krylov subspace method. Numerical simulations show that the proposed model works well in the test situations and the proposed numerical techniques are efficient.

Key words: Bioheat transfer, biomechanics, discretization, iterative solver.

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This paper has been accepted for publication in Mathematical and Computer Modelling.

Technical Report 391-04, Department of Computer Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2004.

This research work was supported in part by NSF under grants CCR-9988165, CCR-0092532, ACR-0202934, ACR-0234270, in part by DOE under grant DE-FG02-02ER45961, in part by Kentucky Science & Engineering Foundation under grant KSEF-02-264-RED-002, and in part by the University of Kentucky Research Committee.