Numerical Solution of Fractional Bioheat Equation with Constant and Sinusoidal Heat Flux Condition on Skin Tissue
1Department of Applied Mathematics and Humanities, S. V. National Institute of Technology, Surat, India
Heat transfer in skin tissue is an area of interest for medical sciences. In this paper we intend to study fractional bioheat equation for heat transfer in skin tissue with constant and sinusoidal heat flux condition on skin surface. Numerical solutions are obtained by implicit finite difference method. We study the effect of anomalous diffusion in skin tissue and compare it with normal diffusion, with constant and sinusoidal heat flux. This study intends to find the temperature profiles for different order fractional bioheat equations.
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Keywords: fractional bioheat equation, finite difference method
American Journal of Mathematical Analysis, 2013 1 (2),
Received May 07, 2013; Revised May 15, 2013; Accepted May 16, 2013Copyright: © 2013 Science and Education Publishing. All Rights Reserved.
Cite this article:
- Damor, R. S., Sushil Kumar, and A. K. Shukla. "Numerical Solution of Fractional Bioheat Equation with Constant and Sinusoidal Heat Flux Condition on Skin Tissue." American Journal of Mathematical Analysis 1.2 (2013): 20-24.
- Damor, R. S. , Kumar, S. , & Shukla, A. K. (2013). Numerical Solution of Fractional Bioheat Equation with Constant and Sinusoidal Heat Flux Condition on Skin Tissue. American Journal of Mathematical Analysis, 1(2), 20-24.
- Damor, R. S., Sushil Kumar, and A. K. Shukla. "Numerical Solution of Fractional Bioheat Equation with Constant and Sinusoidal Heat Flux Condition on Skin Tissue." American Journal of Mathematical Analysis 1, no. 2 (2013): 20-24.
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Heat transfer in biological tissue, is usually expressed as bioheat equation. It involves thermal conduction, convection, perfusion of blood, and metabolic heat generation in tissue. Pennes  bioheat model is widely used to study the heat transfer in skin tissue, due to its simplicity. In human body skin is the largest living organ. Temperature distribution in skin tissue is very important for medical application like skin cancer, skin burns etc.
Recently fractional order equations have drawn the attention of many researchers and have been focused for many studies due to their frequent appearance in various applications in fluid mechanics, viscoelasticity, biology, physics and engineering etc.
Fractals and fractional calculus have been used to improve the modelling accuracy of many phenomena in natural science. The most important advantage of using fractional differential equations in this and other applications is their non-local property. This means that the next state of a system depends not only upon its current state but also upon all of its historical states. These are more realistic and also easy to make the fractional calculus popular . Numerical solution of fractional diffusion equation by finite difference method have been studied by many researchers, Meerschaert et al., gave a second order accurate numerical approximation for the fractional diffusion equation, Murio  discussed implicit finite difference approximation for time fractional diffusion equation, Yang [9, 10, 11, 12] studied local fractional derivative and obtained solution of fractional heat conduction problem by local fractional variation iteration method.
Shih et al. , Liu and Xu  gave analytic solution of pennes bio heat equation with sinusoidal heat flux condition on skin surface. Recently Ahmadikia et al.  gave the analytical solution of the parabolic and hyperbolic heat transfer equation with constant and transient heat flux condition on skin tissue. It is difficult to obtain an analytical solution of fractional bioheat equation.
In this paper, we give numerical solution of fractional bioheat equation with constant and sinusoidal heat flux condition on skin surface. We consider time fractional derivative of order , which is in the form of Caputo fractional derivative and applying quadrature formula  on it. We use implicit finite difference method to solve the fractional bioheat model. The temperature profiles are obtained for different values of , to study the effect of on temperature profile in skin tissue.
2. Heat Transfer Model2.1. Governing Equation
Pennes bioheat model  is implemented to study the heat transfer in skin tissue.
where and represents density, specific heat, thermal conductivity, temperature, time, distance , artillery temperature ,blood perfusion rate and metabolic heat generation in skin tissue respectively.
In this study, we consider fractional form of Pennes bioheat heat model by replacing time derivative by fractional order derivative. We introduce governing equation for fractional Pennes bioheat model as follows
where fractional time derivative is of Caputo form defined  as
On setting , equation (2) reduces to Pennes bioheat equation .2.2. Initial and Boundary Condition
at we consider two types of boundary conditions,
2.2.1. Constant Heat Flux Condition
where is the heat flux on the skin surface
On making dimensionless variables
the equations (2),(4),(5) and (6) reduce to equations (7) to (10),
2.2.2. Sinusoidal Heat Flux Condition
In this section, on taking the cosine heat flux condition on skin surface, equation (6), is replaced by,
where is the heating frequency,
On making dimensionless variables
equations (2), (4), (5) and (11) become (12) to (15) in the following form,
3. Numerical Solution
To get the numerical solution using finite difference method, space and time domain are divided into and equal partition respectively.
and and is the length of the tissue, and are dimensionless space and time step size respectively.
For numerical solution of equation (2) the Caputo fractional derivative is approximated at point by quadrature formula  as follows,
and the Caputo fractional derivative given by equation(16) becomes,
Now using above approximation and central difference formulae for space derivative in equation (7) we get,
On taking and further simplification, gives,
Similarly for equation (12), we get following finite difference equation,
Initial condition and boundary condition at can be written as
Finite difference approximation of boundary condition at for constant heat flux and sinusoidal heat flux given by equation (9) and (14) respectively can written as equation (23) and (24) respectively.
4. Results and Discussion
In this study we consider the following parameter values, ,,,,, .
We investigate the effect of anomalous diffusion in this model for different values of (order of the time derivative).
Figure 1 represents the temperature profile along the distance for different time. This represents the comparison of analytic solution obtained by Shih et al.  and numerical solution for Pennes equation as well as numerical solution for fractional bioheat equation obtained by us as taking. We observe that our result is very similar to the analytic solution  which verifies with the developed computer code by us.4.2. Effect of Fractional Order Derivative
Figure 2 shows that the temperature profile for constant heat flux along time at and for different . This is interesting to note that there is an elevation in temperature with decreased value of , further decrease in temperature is observed with increase in depth of skin tissue. We also obtain the effect of sinusoidal heat flux on the skin surface as shown in Figure 3, Figure 4 and Figure 5. Figure 3 represents the temperature response at skin surface for different values of We also observe that amplitude increases with increase in
Figure 4 shows that how much the sinusoidal heat flux effects the amplitude of dimensionless temperature along dimensionless time at m and m, it shows that the amplitude for m is higher than at m. It is also observed that oscillation is decreasing as decreases. Figure 5 indicates the dimensionless temperature profile along with dimensionless distance for time s and s. The dimensionless temperature profile is substantially effected by the sinusoidal heat flux near However the oscillation of is very low beyond . We see that the oscillation becomes low when the value of decreases.
In present paper the temperature distribution of fractional bioheat model has been studied with constant and sinusoidal heat flux on skin surface. The temperature profile has been obtained along with distance and time by considering constant heat flux and sinusoidal heat flux conditions. The effect of the anomalous diffusion has also been compared with normal diffusion for heat transfer in skin tissue. It has been observed that the temperature in fractional bioheat model with constant heat flux the becomes higher as compared to Pennes bioheat model. Further it increases when decreases. It is also observed that if distance of the tissue increases then temperature decreases.
In fractional bioheat model with sinusoidal heat flux, oscillation decreases when increases. It is noted that if tissue depth increases then amplitude decreases. We further observed the effect of on temperature distribution which indicates that when decreases the oscillation also reduces along the depth of the skin tissue.
The obtained results in this study may be useful to predict the temperature response in fractional bioheat model with constant and sinusoidal heat flux. The obtained solution may also be useful for experimental model to predict the value of . This may be applicable for thermal therapy in medical sciences.
thermal conductivity of the tissue
blood perfusion rate
volumetric heat generation
subscript for blood
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