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Boundary condition problem for diffusion equation

  1. Oct 24, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    BOUNDARY CONDITION PROBLEM
    I have came up with matrix for numerical solution for a problem where chemical is introduced to channel domain, concentration equation:

    δc/δt=D*((δ^2c)/(δx^2))-kc

    assuming boundary conditions for c(x,t) as : c(0,t)=1, c(a,t)=0. Where a is channel's length.

    What if domain is not-infinite (as it is above) and we cannot assume that the chemical is not dispersed at the end of the channel- so the boundary condition c(a,t)=0 is no longer valid?


    2. Relevant equations

    What boundary condition can we use when we cannot assume that the chemical is not dispersed at the outlet of the channel?
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    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. Oct 24, 2012 #2

    haruspex

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    Perhaps it is asking you to set c(a, t) = f(t) for some unknown function f and obtain a solution in terms of f. But I'm only guessing.
     
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