On the Use of Conformal Models and Methods in Dosimetry for Nonuniform Field Exposure

Dragan Poljak, Mario Cvetkovic, Oriano Bottauscio, Akimasa Hirata, Ilkka Laakso, Esra Neufeld, Sylvain Reboux, Craig Warren, Antonis Giannopolous, Fumie Costen

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    Numerical artifacts affect the reliability of computational dosimetry of human exposure to low-frequency electromagnetic fields. In the guidelines of the International Commission of Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, a reduction factor of 3 was considered to take into account numerical uncertainties when determining the limit values for human exposure. However, the rationale for this value is unsure. The IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety has published a research agenda to resolve numerical uncertainties in low-frequency dosimetry. For this purpose, intercomparison of results computed using different methods by different research groups is important. In previous intercomparison studies for low-frequency exposures, only a few computational methods were used, and the computational scenario was limited to a uniform magnetic field exposure. This study presents an application of various numerical techniques used: different finite-element method (FEM) schemes, method of moments, and boundary-element method (BEM) variants, and, finally, by using a hybrid FEM/BEM approach. As a computational example, the induced electric field in the brain by the coil used in transcranial magnetic stimulation is investigated. Intercomparison of the computational results is presented qualitatively. Some remarks are given for the effectiveness and limitations of application of the various computational methods.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-10
    Number of pages10
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility
    Issue number2
    Early online date18 Jul 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2017


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