## Abstract

The approximate solutions to the non-linear heat conduction problems in a semi-infinite medium are investigated. The entire temperature range is divided into a number of small sub-regions where the thermal properties can be approximated to be constant. The resulting problems can be considered as the Stefan's problem of a multi-phase with no latent heat and the exact solutions called Neumann's solution are available. In order to obtain the solutions, however, a set of highly non-linear equations in determining the phase boundaries should be solved simultaneously. This work presents a semi-analytic algorithm to determine the phase boundaries without solving the highly non-linear equations. Results show that the solutions for a set of highly non-linear equations depend strongly on the initial guess, bad initial guess leads to the wrong solutions. However, the present algorithm does not require the initial guess and always converges to the correct solutions.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 727-738 |

Number of pages | 12 |

Journal | Heat and Mass Transfer/Waerme- und Stoffuebertragung |

Volume | 42 |

Issue number | 8 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 2006 Jun 1 |

## All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Condensed Matter Physics
- Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes