Transient heat conduction in a medium with multiple circular cavities and inhomogeneities

Elizaveta Gordeliy, Sofia Mogilevskaya, Steven L Crouch

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A two-dimensional transient heat conduction problem of multiple interacting circular inhomogeneities, cavities and point sources is considered. In general, a non-perfect contact at the matrix/inhomogeneity interfaces is assumed, with the heat flux through the interface proportional to the temperature jump. The approach is based on the use of the general solutions to the problems of a single cavity and an inhomogeneity and superposition. Application of the Laplace transform and the so-called addition theorem results in an analytical transformed solution. The solution in the time domain is obtained by performing a numerical inversion of the Laplace transform. Several numerical examples are given to demonstrate the accuracy and the efficiency of the method. The approximation error decreases exponentially with the number of the degrees of freedom in the problem. A comparison of the companion two- and three-dimensional problems demonstrates the effect of the dimensionality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1437-1462
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 10 2009


  • Addition theorem
  • Fourier series
  • Laplace transform
  • Solids
  • Thermal effects


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