posted on Jun, 15 2013 @ 09:33 AM
reply to post by omass
You say "a large organism", but as that's a relative term and not absolute it would be helpful to know a couple of things, such as the approximate
mass of this organism, its estimated surface area and whether it has a relatively uniform makeup or is more complex.
Also, is the starting temperature of about 39 C the organism's natural temperature (environmental or self-attained) or is it simply that of whatever
it will be contained in? What percentage of this organism is water, or water based?
The key problem in determining how rapidly something can be cooled by (x) degrees is largely a function of its mass, approximate specific heat (still
useful to know for cooling), and the ratio of surface area to mass. For example, something that is spherical is much harder to completely cool quickly
by the same amount than something of the same mass that is much more planar -- flat and thin, with a larger surface area to mass ratio than a
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