The separation of variables (SOV) method has recently been applied to solve time-dependent heat conduction problem in a multilayer annulus. It is observed that the transverse (radial) eigenvalues for the solution in polar (r-θ) coordinate system are always real numbers (unlike in the case of similar multidimensional Cartesian problems where they may be imaginary) allowing one to obtain the solution analytically. However, the SOV method cannot be applied when the boundary conditions and/or the source terms are time-dependent, for example, in a nuclear fuel rod subjected to time-dependent boundaries or heat sources. In this paper, we present an alternative approach using the finite integral transform method to solve the asymmetric heat conduction problem in a multilayer annulus with time-dependent boundary conditions and/or heat sources. An eigenfunction expansion approach satisfying periodic boundary condition in the angular direction is used. After integral transformation and subsequent weighted summation over the radial layers, partial derivative with respect to r-variable is eliminated and, first order ordinary differential equations (ODEs) are formed for the transformed temperatures. Solutions of ODEs are then inverted to obtain the temperature distribution in each layer. Since the proposed solution requires the same eigenfunctions as those in the similar problem with time-independent sources and/or boundary conditions - a problem solved using the SOV method - it is also "free" from imaginary eigenvalues.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Materials Science(all)
- Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
- Waste Management and Disposal
- Mechanical Engineering