A hybrid numerical method involving the Laplace transform technique and finite-difference method in conjunction with the least-squares method and actual experimental temperature data inside the test material is proposed to estimate the unknown surface conditions of inverse heat conduction problems with the temperature-dependent thermal conductivity and heat capacity. The nonlinear terms in the differential equations are linearized using the Taylor series approximation. In this study, the functional form of the surface conditions is unknown a priori and is assumed to be a function of time before performing the inverse calculation. In addition, the whole time domain is divided into several analysis subtime intervals and then the unknown estimates on each subtime interval can be predicted. In order to show the accuracy and validity of the present inverse scheme, a comparison among the present estimates, direct solution, and actual experimental temperature data is made. The effects of the measurement errors, initial guesses, and measurement location on the estimated results are also investigated. The results show that good estimation of the surface conditions can be obtained from the present inverse scheme in conjunction with knowledge of temperature recordings inside the test material.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Numerical Analysis
- Modelling and Simulation
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Computer Science Applications