RESEARCH PAPERS: Thermal Conduction

Thermal Waves Emanating From a Fast-Moving Heat Source With a Finite Dimension

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D. Y. Tzou, J. Li

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131

J. Heat Transfer 115(3), 526-532 (Aug 01, 1993) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910718 History: Received August 01, 1992; Revised February 01, 1993; Online May 23, 2008


Characteristics of thermal waves emanating from a fast-moving heat source are studied in this paper. The heat source is assumed to occupy a finite region to model real situations in local heating. Analytical solutions are obtained respectively for a heat source moving in the subsonic, transonic, and supersonic regimes. The Green’s functions obtained previously from a point source are used to generate temperature distributions for all cases. The temperature jump across the shock surface is found to be weaker than the case with a point heat source, while the swinging phenomenon for the temperature variations with the thermal Mach number still exists.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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