Numerical procedures for solving a non-Characteristic Cauchy problem for the heat equation are discussed. More precisely we consider a problem, where one wants to determine the temperature on both sides of a thick wall, but where one side is inaccessible to measurements. Mathematically it is formulated as a Cauchy problem for the heat equation in a quarter plane, with data given along the line x = 1, where the solution is wanted 0 ≤ x <1. The problem is often referred to as the sideways heat equation.
The problem is analyzed, using both Fourier analysis and the singular value decomposition, and is found to be severely ill-posed. The literature is vast, and many authors have proposed numerical methods that regularize the IHCP. In this paper we attempt to give an overview that covers the most popular methods that have been considered.
Numerical examples that illustrate the numerical algorithms are given.
2001. , 33 p.