In this study, we build and test a prototype of an interstitial cooling device in a tissueequivalent gel phantom mimicking the human neck. The effectiveness of the device is measured by the capability of delivering a coolant temperature of lower than 5°C at the entrance of the device and the measured temperature decay along a glass tube filled with water circulating at a speed similar to that in the carotid artery. The experimental study has identified a cooling prototype design, which is capable of inducing sufficient temperature reduction along the common carotid artery. It also tests how easy to handle the device to ensure a close physical contact between the device and the glass tube. A 5°C coolant temperature can be delivered at the device entrance when using above 0°C coolant in the reservoir. The surface temperature of the device is found almost uniform. Despite its limitations, the experimental results agree generally with previous theoretical predictions. The 8 cm long and 3 cm wide device with a coolant temperature lower than 10°C is capable of inducing a temperature reduction of at least 2.5°C along the glass tube filled with water circulating at 240 ml/min. For higher water flow rates, one needs to increase the length of the device and/or lower the coolant temperature to achieve similar temperature decays along the glass tube.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications|
|State||Published - Mar 2010|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes