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Module 2 :
Diffusive heat and mass transfer

Lecture 14:
Semi-infinite Slab with time-varying
surface temperature: Examples

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Example 1
For ( t ) = C t , where C is constant. Show that

4 t

=C t i erfC

Also show that this case corresponds to the problem of semi-infinite slab with constant flux
density at the wall.

Example 2
Show that the Surface Temperature is a harmonic function of time.
Assume ( t ) = A cos (t ) i.e. forced oscillator system

## Fig. 14.1 Heat transfer in Semiinfinite solids

Using eqn. (13.8) (derived in the previous lecture), the solution to the above problem is given by

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2A

y
4 t

y 2 2
e d
cos t
2
4

y
4 t

2A
y 2 2
2A
e d =
cos t
2

(14.1)

2A

y 2 2
e d
cos t
2
4

y
4 t

y 2 2
cos t
e d
2
4

(14.2)

y 2 2

cos
t
e
d
exp
y
cos
t
y

2
2
0
4

(14.3)

2 A

= A exp y
cos t y
2
2

y
4 t

y 2 2

cos t
e d
2
4

(14.4)

= A exp y

cos t y
2

## It can also be written as

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(14.5)

= A e ( Cy ) cos {t Cy }
with C=

(14.6)

## This is a temperature wave having wave number C and wavelength

12

2 4
=
=

C f

where f =

1
, being the frequency ( cycles / s )
=
T 2

## The results can be summarized as follows.

1. The amplitude of the oscillation is Ae Cy and diminishes with y. also the amplitude falls
off rapidly for high (i.e. higher harmonics of a complex will disappear most rapidly as
one moves into the solid)

Cy

=e

2 y

, shows that, at a distance of one wavelength into the solid the amplitude

has been reduced by a factor of exp ( 2 ) = 0.0019, thus waves are strongly attenuated.
2. There is a phase lag of magnitude Cy = y

2

q = k

y =0

= CkA 2 cos t +
4

## ( t ) = A0 + A1 cos ( t 1 ) + A2 ( cos ( 2t ) 2 ) + .......

and find the solution by superposition (neglecting the initial transient)
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n =1

= A0 + An exp y

n
2

n
cos n t n y

## Fig. 14.3 Oscillations of temperature at various depths due to harmonic surface

temperature

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Fig. 14.4 Variation of temperature with depth when the surface temperature is
harmonic

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## Fig.14.5 Oscillation of temperature at various depths caused by a square wave

surface temperature

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