Parameter Estimation and Model Verification in Systems of
Partial Differential Equations Applied to Transdermal Drug Delivery
K. Schittkowski: Report, Department of Mathematics, University of Bayreuth (1999)
A numerical approach is described to determine parameters in a
system of one-dimensional partial differential equations and coupled
ordinary differential equations.
The model allows arbitrary transition conditions between
separate integration areas for functions and derivatives.
The minimum least squares distance of the measured data from the
solution of a system of differential equations at designated
space values is computed.
A special application model serves as a case study and is outlined in detail.
We consider the diffusion of a substrate through cutaneous tissue, where
metabolic reactions are included in form of Michaelis-Menten kinetics.
The goal is to simulate transdermal drug delivery,
where it is supposed that experimental data are available for substrate and
Numerical results are included to show a typical validation procedure, e.g., the
identifiability of parameters, the satisfaction of a mass balance equation, and the
stability of discretization procedure.