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TECHNICAL PAPERS: Radiative Heat Transfer

Discontinuous Finite Element Approach for Transient Radiative Transfer Equation

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L. H. Liu1

School of Energy Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, 92 West Dazhi Street, Harbin 150001, P.R. Chinalhliu@hit.edu.cn

L. J. Liu

School of Energy Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, 92 West Dazhi Street, Harbin 150001, P.R. China

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Corresponding author.

J. Heat Transfer 129(8), 1069-1074 (Jan 17, 2007) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2737477 History: Received September 03, 2006; Revised January 17, 2007

A discontinuous finite element method based on the discrete ordinates equation is extended to solve transient radiative transfer problems in absorbing, emitting, and scattering media. The fully implicit scheme is used to discretize the transient term. Three numerical examples are studied to illustrate the performance of this discontinuous finite element method. The numerical results are compared to the other benchmark approximate solutions. By comparison, the results show that the discontinuous finite element method is efficient, accurate, and stable, and can be used for solving transient radiative transfer problems in participating media. Because the continuity at interelement boundaries is relaxed in discontinuous finite element discretization so that field variable is considered discontinuous across the element boundaries. This feature makes the discontinuous finite element method able to predict the correct propagation speed within medium and accurately capture the sharp drop in the incident radiation and the radiative heat flux at the penetration front.

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Element boundary, its unit outward normal vectors, and the neighboring elements

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Relationship of node, boundary, and upwind radiative intensity in one-dimensional linear elements

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Dimensionless incident radiation distributions at different dimensionless times

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Dimensionless radiation heat flux distributions at different dimensionless times

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Effects of dimensionless time step on the solution accuracy for incident radiation

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Dimensionless incident radiation distributions in medium with collimated irradiation at boundary

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Dimensionless radiative heat flux distributions in medium with collimated irradiation at boundary

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Schematic and grid system of an irregular quadrilateral enclosure (dimensions in meters)

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Relationship of node, boundary, and upwind radiative intensity in triangular elements

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Transient evolution of dimensionless radiative heat fluxes on the bottom wall

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