, Volume 183, Issue 1, pp 1-23
Date: 23 Dec 2003

On heat conductors with a stationary hot spot

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We consider a heat conductor having initial constant temperature and zero boundary temperature at every time.

The hot spot is the point at which temperature attains its maximum at each given time. For convex conductors, if the hot spot does not move in time, we prove symmetry results for planar triangular and quadrangular conductors.

Then, we examine the case of a general conductor and, by an asymptotic formula, we prove that, if there is a stationary critical point, not necessarily the hot spot, then the conductor must satisfy a geometric condition. In particular, we show that there is no stationary critical point inside planar non-convex quadrangular conductors.

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

Primary 35K05, 35K20, 35J05; Secondary 35J25, 35B38, 35B40