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Moving Heat Sources in a Half Space: Effect of Source Geometry

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Mohsen Akbari, Majid Bahrami

Simon Fraser University, Surrey, BC, Canada

David Sinton

University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

Paper No. HT2009-88562, pp. 685-694; 10 pages
  • ASME 2009 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the InterPACK09 and 3rd Energy Sustainability Conferences
  • Volume 3: Combustion, Fire and Reacting Flow; Heat Transfer in Multiphase Systems; Heat Transfer in Transport Phenomena in Manufacturing and Materials Processing; Heat and Mass Transfer in Biotechnology; Low Temperature Heat Transfer; Environmental Heat Transfer; Heat Transfer Education; Visualization of Heat Transfer
  • San Francisco, California, USA, July 19–23, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4358-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3851-8
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


The time dependent temperature distribution due to a moving plane heat source of hyperelliptical geometry is analytically studied in this work. The effect of the heat source shape is investigated starting from the general solution of a moving heat source on a half space. Selecting the square root of the heat source area as a length scale, it is observed that the temperature distribution becomes a weak function of the heat source shape. Variation of temperature field with respect to the source aspect ratio, velocity and depth is studied. The analysis presented in this work is valid for both transient and steady-state conditions. In addition, the hyperellipse formulation provided here covers a wide range of shapes including star, rhombic, ellipse, circle, square, rectangle and rectangle with rounded corners.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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