Development of an Automated Pressure Sensitive Thermesthesiometer and Its Application in Characterizing the Thermal Response of Human Tissue with Respect to Warm Surfaces

Paul Soldate, Jintu Fan

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Abstract

An advanced thermesthesiometer has been developed to measure the heat flux, touch-force, and internal temperature profile of a simulated body part coming into contact with a warm surface. A suitably chosen material with properties resembling those of human tissue is used for bare skin simulation and is thermally regulated using a programmable logic controller (PLC). An automated driving mechanism provides variable touch-occurrences and pressures over specially engineered test-surfaces with varying effusivities and surface roughness. Each test-surface is thermally regulated at a specific temperature to aid in quantifying prior research on human subject testing and pain threshold measurements. This study not only emphasizes the instrument design but also demonstrates its potential use in human-subjective feedback testing with respect to steady state and transient heat transfer processes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors and Systems Interaction - Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Human Factors and Systems Interaction, 2017
EditorsIsabel L. Nunes
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Pages383-394
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319603650
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventAHFE 2017 International Conference on Human Factors and Systems Interaction, 2017 - [state] CA, United States
Duration: 17 Jul 201721 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume592
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Conference

ConferenceAHFE 2017 International Conference on Human Factors and Systems Interaction, 2017
CountryUnited States
City[state] CA
Period17/07/1721/07/17

Keywords

  • Human factors
  • Human-systems integration
  • Instrumentation heat transfer
  • Thermesthesiometer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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