An Improved Algorithm for Inverse Design of Thermal Problems With Multiple Materials

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R. Shau, J. Batista, G. F. Carey

Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics Dept., The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712

J. Heat Transfer 112(2), 274-279 (May 01, 1990) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910372 History: Received June 17, 1988; Online May 23, 2008


An optimization scheme and matrix partitioning strategy are developed in conjunction with a boundary element solution procedure for inverse design in heat transfer. The optimal control problem is to locate interior heating or cooling passages inside a coated conducting domain to achieve a desired boundary temperature when the heat flux is specified (or vice versa). As the interior passages can be parameterized with a few variables, the optimization problem is of low dimension, the matrix partitioning scheme for the boundary element system and optimization search procedure lead to a fast computational scheme for this class of problems.

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