, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 369-379
Date: 02 Nov 2012

The method of lines with numerical differentiation of the sequential temperature–time histories for a facile solution of 1-D inverse heat conduction problems

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This work addresses an inverse heat conduction problem (IHCP) in a large planar slab receiving a certain heat flux at one surface while the other surface is thermally insulated. The two different heating conditions to be studied are: (1) constant heat flux and (2) a time-dependent triangular heat flux. For the IHCP, the temperature–time variations at the insulated surface of the large planar slab are obtained with a single temperature sensor. The two temperature–time histories are generated from the solutions of the direct heat conduction problem. The central objective of the paper is to implement the method of lines for the descriptive 1-D heat equation combined with numerical differentiation of: (1) the “measured” temperature–time history at the insulated surface and (2) the temperature–time history at other sub-surface locations. In the end, it is confirmed that excellent predictions of the temperature–time variations at the directly heated surface are obtainable for the two dissimilar heating conditions. This is accomplished with small systems of first-order differential-difference equations, one with two equations and the other with four equations.