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Heat Equation

  1. Nov 25, 2005 #1
    Is there a straightforward proof for the existence of the one-dimensional linear heat equation
    Is so, how?
    Note: _t_ represents the subscript, i.e., the derivative t, and _xx_ represents the subscript xx.

    Is the heat equation well posed? Can this proven? How?
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  3. Nov 25, 2005 #2


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    Have you tried writing


    [tex]\frac{\partial{u}}{\partial{t}}\,=\,a^2\,\frac{\partial^2{u}}{\partial{x}^2}[/tex] ?

    Then let u(x,t) = X(x)T(t).

    Separation of variables. And what about initial and boundary conditions?

    See also - http://csep1.phy.ornl.gov/pde/node6.html [Broken] - regarding a well-posed problem.
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  4. Nov 25, 2005 #3
    So it is well posed?
  5. Nov 25, 2005 #4


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    Refer to the discussion of "well-posed problem", and I think one will be able to determine whether a given problem is well-posed or not.


    See also - http://www.soton.ac.uk/~jhr/MA361/node38.html [Broken]
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  6. Nov 25, 2005 #5


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    An equation does not constitute a well-posed problem.

    If you are given initial and boundary conditions, u(x,0)= f(x),
    u(a,t)= g(t), u(b,t)= h(t) for some fixed a and b, then the problem is well-posed.
  7. Dec 2, 2005 #6
    Where are you working ?
    in an open set of ]R^n?
    what is your bondery conditions(Dirichlet, Neumann, Robin,..........)?
  8. Dec 12, 2005 #7
    Hello everybody :smile:
    Im busy doing some stuff on the Heat equation and would like to know what is the heat equation used for in detail. I have trolled the net looking to find the practical applications of the heat equation in mechanical engineering with little success, can you guys help :smile:
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  9. Dec 26, 2005 #8


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    The heat equation, or more precisely the heat conduction equation, is used to define the temperature (scalar) field. Here are some sites:




    Derivation of the heat equation - http://www-solar.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/~alan/MT2003/PDE/node20.html
    Solution of the heat equation: separation of variables - http://www-solar.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/~alan/MT2003/PDE/node21.html

    Introduction to the One-Dimensional Heat Equation
  10. Jan 16, 2006 #9
    You must presise your Boundary conditions
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