EMF Health-effects Research

Study of subgridding in SAR computation for the cochlea.

Kopecky R, Hamnerius Y, Persson M.

Bioelectromagnetics. 26(6):520-522, 2005

A 3D subgridding technique is used to model the specific absorption rate (SAR) distribution in the isolated cochlea exposed to mobile phone radiation at 1750 MHz using the FDTD method.

The cochlea is modeled using an increasing spatial resolutions of 1, 1/3, 1/5, and 1/7 mm. First simulations were performed at 1 mm spatial resolution. The numerical resolution was then increased to 1/3, 1/5, and 1/7 using subgridding without changing the spatial resolution. A second set of simulations was then performed when both the spatial and numerical resolution were increased together.

From the obtained results, we conclude that subgridding is important only when both the numerical resolution of the computational grid and the spatial resolution of the model are increased together.

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