The fractional heat equation
Poletkin, Kirill V.
Date of Issue2012
International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics (9th : 2012 : Malta)
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
This paper extends the method, in which a Volterra-type integral equation that relates the local values of temperature and the corresponding heat fulx within a semi-infinite domain, to a transient heat transfer process in a non-isolated system that has a memory about its previous state. To model such memory systems, the apparatus of fractional calculus is used. Based on the generalized constitutive equation is obtained and solved. Its analytical solution is given in the form of a Volterra-type integral equation. It follows from the model, developed in this study, that the heat wave, generated in the beginning of ultra-fast energy transport processes, is dissipated by thermal diffusion as the process goes on. The corresponding contributions of the wave and diffusion into the heat transfer process are quantified by a fractional parameter, H, which is a material-dependent constant.
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