# American Institute of Mathematical Sciences

September  2016, 5(3): 449-461. doi: 10.3934/eect.2016013

## The Westervelt equation with a causal propagation operator coupled to the bioheat equation.

 1 Physics and Engineering Physics Department, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118, United States, United States

Received  October 2015 Revised  January 2016 Published  August 2016

The Westervelt wave equation is frequently used to describe non-linear propagation of finite amplitude sound. If one assumes that the medium can be treated as a thermoviscous fluid, a loss mechanism can be incorporated. In this as in previous work the authors replaced the typical loss mechanism incorporated in the Westervelt equation with a causal Time Domain Propagation Factor (TDPF) which incorporates the full dispersive effects (both frequency dependent phase velocity and attenuation) in the numerical solution while remaining in the time-domain. In the present work we investigate heat deposition due to finite amplitude propagation through a dispersive medium (e.g., human tissue). To this end, the Westervelt equation with and without the TDPF is coupled to the Pennes bioheat equation and the coupled equations are solved using the method of finite differences to determine the resulting heat deposition. We show that non-linear effects are large and that proper treatment of dispersion results in significant changes as compared to modeling the medium as a thermoviscous fluid.
Citation: Guy V. Norton, Robert D. Purrington. The Westervelt equation with a causal propagation operator coupled to the bioheat equation.. Evolution Equations & Control Theory, 2016, 5 (3) : 449-461. doi: 10.3934/eect.2016013
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