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A meshless model for transient heat conduction in functionally graded materials. (English) Zbl 1097.80001
Summary: A meshless numerical model is developed for analyzing transient heat conduction in non-homogeneous functionally graded materials (FGM), which has a continuously functionally graded thermal conductivity parameter. First, the analog equation method is used to transform the original non-homogeneous problem into an equivalent homogeneous one at any given time so that a simpler fundamental solution can be employed to take the place of the one related to the original problem. Next, the approximate particular and homogeneous solutions are constructed using radial basis functions and virtual boundary collocation method, respectively. Finally, by enforcing satisfaction of the governing equation and boundary conditions at collocation points of the original problem, in which the time domain is discretized using the finite difference method, a linear algebraic system is obtained from which the unknown fictitious sources and interpolation coefficients can be determined. Further, the temperature at any point can be easily computed using the results of fictitious sources and interpolation coefficients. The accuracy of the proposed method is assessed through two numerical examples.

80A20 Heat and mass transfer, heat flow (MSC2010)
80M25 Other numerical methods (thermodynamics) (MSC2010)
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