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Thermal time constant : improving the accuracy of skin temperature predictive modelling in lower limb prostheses

Mathur, Neha and Glesk, Ivan and Buis, Arjan (2015) Thermal time constant : improving the accuracy of skin temperature predictive modelling in lower limb prostheses. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 39 ((1 sup). 72 - 73. ISSN 0309-3646

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Abstract

Elevated skin temperature at the body/device interface of lower-limb prostheses is one of the major factors that affect tissue health [1]. The heat dissipation in prosthetic sockets is greatly influenced by the thermal conductive properties of the hard socket and liner material employed. This leads to a hypothesis that if the thermal properties of the socket & liner materials are known then the in-socket skin temperature could be accurately predicted by measuring between the socket and interface liner, rather than at the more technically challenging skin interface.