Specially tailored transfinite-element formulations for hyperbolic heat conduction involving non-fourier effects

Kumar K Tamma, Sudhir B. Railkar

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The phenomenon of hyperbolic heat conduction in contrast to the classical (parabolic) form of Fourier heat conduction involves thermal energy transport that propagates only at finite speeds as opposed to an infinite speed of thermal energy transport. To accommodate the finite speed of thermal wave propagation, a more precise form of heat flux law is involved, thereby modifying the heat flux originally postulated in the classical theory of heat conduction. As a consequence, for hyperbolic heat conduction problems, the thermal energy propagates with very sharp discontinuities at the wave front. The primary purpose of the present paper is to provide accurate solutions to a class of one-dimensional hyperbolic heat conduction problems involving non-Fourier effects that can precisely help understand the true response and furthermore can be used effectively for representative benchmark tests and for validating alternate schemes. As a consequence, the present paper purposely describes modeling/analysis formulations via specially tailored hybrid computations for accurately modeling the sharp discontinuities of the propagating thermal wave front. Comparative numerical test models are presented for various hyperbolic heat conduction models involving non-Fourier effects to demonstrate the present formulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-226
Number of pages16
JournalNumerical Heat Transfer, Part B: Fundamentals
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1989


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