International Journal of Thermophysics

, Volume 25, Issue 5, pp 1567–1584 | Cite as

Analysis of Photothermal Characterization of Layered Materials – Design of Optimal Experiments

  • K. D. Cole


In this paper numerical calculations are presented for the steady-periodic temperature in layered materials and functionally-graded materials to simulate photothermal methods for the measurement of thermal properties. No laboratory experiments were performed. The temperature is found from a new Green's function formulation which is particularly well-suited to machine calculation. The simulation method is verified by comparison with literature data for a layered material. The method is applied to a class of two-component functionally-graded materials, and results for temperature and sensitivity coefficients are presented. An optimality criterion, based on the sensitivity coefficients, is used for choosing what experimental conditions will be needed for photothermal measurements to determine the spatial distribution of thermal properties. This method for optimal experiment design is completely general and may be applied to any photothermal technique and to any material with spatial variation of thermal properties.

functionally graded material Green's functions optimal experiment photothermal thermal properties. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. D. Cole
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  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentUniversity of Nebraska–LincolnNebraskaU.S.A

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