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An inverse heat conduction problem and an application to heat treatment of aluminium
Linköping University, Department of Mathematics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Mathematics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2281-856X
2000 (English)In: Inverse Problems in Engineering Mechanics II / [ed] Masataka Tanaka, G.S. Dulikravich, 2000, 99-106 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We consider an inverse heat conduction problem, the sideways heat equation, which is a model of a problem where one wants to determine the temperature on the surface of a body using internal measurements. The problem is ill-posed in the sense that the solution does not depend continuously on the data. We discuss the nature of the ill-posedness as well as methods for restoring stability with respect to measurement errors.

Successful heat treatment requires good control of the temperature and cooling rates during the process. In an experiment a aluminium block, of the alloy AA7010, was cooled rapidly by spraying water on one surface. Thermocouples inside the block recorded the temperature, and we demonstrate that it is possible to find the temperature distribution in the region between the thermocouple and the surface, by solving numerically the sideways heat equation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. 99-106 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-68235ISBN: 978-0-08-043693-7ISBN: 008053516XOAI: diva2:416928
International Symposium on Inverse Problems in Engineering Mechanics, Nagano, Japan, March 2000
Available from: 2011-05-13 Created: 2011-05-13 Last updated: 2014-12-15
In thesis
1. Numerical methods for inverse heat conduction problems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Numerical methods for inverse heat conduction problems
2001 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In many industrial applications one wishes to determine the temperature history on the surface of a body, where the surface itself is inaccessible for measurements. The sideways heat equation is a model of this situation. In a one-dimensional setting this is formulated mathematically as a Cauchy problem for the heat equation, where temperature and heat--flux data are available along the line x=1, and a solution is sought for 0 ≤ x< 1. This problem is ill-posed in the sense that the solution does not depend continuously on the data. Stability can be restored by replacing the time derivative in the heat equation by a bounded approximation. We consider both spectral and wavelet approximations of the derivative. The resulting problem is a system of ordinary differential equations in the space variable, that can be solved using standard methods, e.g. a Runge-Kutta method. The methods are analyzed theoretically, and error estimates are derived, that can be used for selecting the appropriate level of regularization. The numerical implementation of the proposed methods is discussed. Numerical experiments demonstrate that the proposed methods work well, and can be implemented efficiently. Furthermore, the numerical methods can easily be adapted to solve problems with variable coefficients, and also non-linear equations. As test problems we take model equations, with constant and variable coefficients. Also, we solve problems from applications, with actual measured data.

Inverse problems for the stationary heat equation are also discussed. Suppose that the Laplace equation is valid in a domain with a hole. Temperature and heat-flux data are given on the outer boundary, and we wish to compute the steady state temperature on the inner boundary. A standard approach is to discretize the equation by finite differences, and use Tikhonov's method for stabilizing the discrete problem, which leads to a large sparse least squares problem. Alternatively, we propose to use a conformal mapping to transform the domain into an annulus, where the equivalent problem can be solved using separation of variables. The ill-posedness is dealt with by filtering away high frequencies from the solution. Numerical results using both methods are presented. A closely related problem is that of determining the stationary temperature inside a body, from temperature and heat-flux measurements on a part of the boundary. In practical applications it is sometimes the case that the domain, where the differential equation is valid, is partly unknown. In such cases we want to determine not only the temperature, but also the shape of the boundary of the domain. This problem arises, for instance, in iron production, where the walls of a melting furnace is subject to both physical and chemical wear. In order to avoid a situation where molten metal breaks out through the walls the thickness of the walls should be constantly monitored. This is done by solving an inverse problem for the stationary heat equation, where temperature and heat-flux data are available at certain locations inside the walls of the furnace. Numerical results are presented also for this problem.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2001. 14 p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 723
Ill-posed, Heat Conduction, Regularization
National Category
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-34894 (URN)23830 (Local ID)91-7373-132-3 (ISBN)23830 (Archive number)23830 (OAI)
Public defence
2001-12-14, Sal Key 1, Key-huset, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2013-02-15

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