Measurement of temperature-dependent specific heat of biological tissues

Dieter Haemmerich*, David J. Schutt, Icaro Dos Santos, John G. Webster, David M. Mahvi

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We measured specific heat directly by heating a sample uniformly between two electrodes by an electric generator. We minimized heat loss by styrofoam insulation. We measured temperature from multiple thermocouples at temperatures from 25°C to 80°C while heating the sample, and corrected for heat loss. We confirm method accuracy with a 2.5% agar-0.4% saline physical model and obtain specific heat of 4121 ± 89 J (kg K)-1, with an average error of 3.1%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-67
Number of pages9
JournalPhysiological Measurement
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2005


  • Measurement of specific heat
  • Specific heat
  • Tissue specific heat measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Physiology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Physiology (medical)

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    Haemmerich, D., Schutt, D. J., Dos Santos, I., Webster, J. G., & Mahvi, D. M. (2005). Measurement of temperature-dependent specific heat of biological tissues. Physiological Measurement, 26(1), 59-67.