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Boundary Conditions for 1D heat flow in Wire with source

  1. May 16, 2010 #1
    I'm trying to understand how to set up the problem of a 1D wire that is insulated at one end and has a heat source at the other. I know the heat law, from my textbook:

    du/dt = B d2u/dx2 + q(x,t) 0 < x < L, t > 0

    Where q(x,t) is the source of heat.

    The problem is, I want the heat source to be only at one end of the bar, but every example I find of this kind of problem has a heat source that is a function of x, which I don't understand, since the heat generated should be 0 for all x except x = 0, and I don't know how to deal with that.

    Also, what do I do for the insulated boundary on the other side? I want the heat to continue to build without escaping.

    This is so frustrating! Any help is greatly appreciated!!

    ps. The actual problem I am trying to solve is to find the pressure P(x,t) in a 1D finite reservoir, with a constant source of water at one end, but as far as I can tell, this problem is analogous, and I figured more people would be familiar with the heat equation example.
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