Skip to main content


eCommons@Cornell >
College of Engineering >
Biological and Environmental Engineering >
BEE 4530 - Computer-Aided Engineering >
BEE 4530 - 2000 Student Papers >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Accidental Freezing of the Tongue to Metal Poles
Authors: Gurzo, Mike
Ho, Jeremy
Lally, Sean
Selig, Mike
Issue Date: 10-Jan-2000
Abstract: In an attempt to verify the age-old claim that your tongue will freeze to a metal pole and become stuck if you decide to lick it in the midst of winter, we have modeled tongue contact with a cold metal surface using finite-element analysis techniques. After varying ambient temperatures, we have concluded that accidental tongue-freezing is not a myth, and below -5 deg. C the tongue will freeze before it can be removed. An accompanying sensitivity analysis showed that variations in contact area, metal properties, and the convection coefficients do not significantly change this conclusion. Our simulation has opened the possibility for further study of the accidental freezing process, including the modeling of methods to remove the tongue once it is stuck.
Appears in Collections:BEE 4530 - 2000 Student Papers

Files in This Item:

File Description SizeFormat
2000_tongue09.html585 BHTMLView/Open

Refworks Export

Items in eCommons are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.


© 2014 Cornell University Library Contact Us