A Methodology of Predicting Cavity Geometry Based on Scanned Surface Temperature Data—Prescribed Surface Temperature at the Cavity Side

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C. K. Hsieh

Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611

K. C. Su

Bell Laboratories, Whippany, New Jersey 07981

J. Heat Transfer 102(2), 324-329 (May 01, 1980) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3244282 History: Received November 14, 1979; Online October 20, 2009


The scanned surface temperature data from a body are used to predict the cavity lying underneath the surface. The basic system under investigation is a plane wall having a rectangular cavity at the back surface. The front surface dissipates heat by convection; this is also the surface whose temperature is scanned. For a prescribed surface temperature specified on the cavity side, a numerical solution is found convenient to predict the cavity top and the approximate location of the cavity wall. A recheck of the cavity wall position calls for matching the recalculated surface temperature with the measured temperature. The data are found to be well behaved to the extent that an interpolation is possible when the mesh size chosen happens to miss the wall position. The methodology can also be extended to prediction of holes in a three-dimensional body.

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