Heat and Mass Transfer in Human Biology OPEN ACCESS

J. Heat Transfer 135(7), 070301 (Jun 25, 2013) (1 page) Paper No: HT-13-1119; doi: 10.1115/1.4024061 History: Received March 08, 2013; Revised March 08, 2013

The purpose of this special section is to document the application of classical mechanical engineering heat and mass transfer analyses to human biology systems and to crystallize the knowledge gained from such analyses, leading to an improved understanding of the driving forces in such systems. The objective is to report the state of the art on some of the research conducted in this field and motivate the heat transfer community, which is uniquely qualified to make valuable contributions to fundamental understanding of transport of heat, mass, and momentum in biological systems. Applying engineering methods can be especially useful in developing fundamental understanding, identifying governing principles, describing mechanisms, and developing predictive models.

Among the topics covered in this special issue are a biological-inspired simulation of flow with phase-change material (effect of particle elongation), conduction in living tissue (transient heat conduction with layers of zero perfusion rate), 3D computational techniques for biological heat transfer for possible application to hyperthermia and cryosurgery, and analysis of an embedded thermoelectric generator for supply of power to an implantable medical device.

The guest editor thanks all of the authors who participated in this special section for their meticulous consideration of the reviewers’ comments. Furthermore, the guest editor would like to sincerely thank the reviewers for contributing thorough reviews that added to the quality of the papers.

Franz-Josef Kahlen
Guest Editor

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Topics: Heat , Mass transfer
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