# Looking for the physical properties of the skin

1. Oct 20, 2006

### fargoth

ive been searching through many biophysics and physiology books lately... but i haven't found anything useful... i want to find some explanations of the structure of the skin - but not the ones you'd get from biology books - i want equations that describe the impedance of each layer of the skin, heat conduction, dielectric coefficient, magnetic permeability.. these sort of things.

anyone knows where i could learn about it?

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2. Oct 20, 2006

### Danger

No real clue. All that I can think of right now is that perhaps researchers working on prosthetics or biomechanics related to sports performance might have that sort of stuff in their files. They tend to be pretty thorough about data collection.

3. Oct 20, 2006

### brewnog

You won't find a lot of data, since there's such variability in nature, and no manufacturing process control of which to speak. Also, the properties vary vastly depending on the body part; compare the skin on the heel of your foot to that on your eyelid.

If you do manage to find anything, please post back and let me know.

4. Oct 20, 2006

### arildno

I'm sure Mengele tried to determine these properties with some real-life experiments..:yuck:

5. Oct 20, 2006

### brewnog

I'm not sure his work was published...!

6. Oct 20, 2006

You should get into elasticity theory.

7. Oct 20, 2006

### Manchot

Probably the easiest approximation that you can use it to treat it as water.

8. Oct 20, 2006

Umm, so I guess that makes $$\frac{p}{\rho g} + \frac{v^2}{2g}+z$$ constant along the same wrinkle?

9. Oct 20, 2006

### arildno

Only if you are in a STATIONARY sweaty state, which seems somewhat difficult to achieve, but I am digressing..shut up myself.

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10. Oct 20, 2006

### fargoth

yes, i thought about finding one, but i wanted to do some basic research of my own before i talk to an expert in the field... when you know almost nothing you don't have the right questions.

11. Oct 20, 2006

### Danger

I suspect, though, that this might be an area where there's no 'in-between'. Anybody who knows anything about it probably is an expert.