Heat Distribution in Rectangular Fins Using Efficient Finite Element and Differential Quadrature Methods

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Finite element method (FEM) and differential quadrature method (DQM) are among important numerical techniques used in engineering analyses. Usually elements are sub-divided uniformly in FEM (conventional FEM, CFEM) to obtain temperature distribution behavior in a fin or plate. Hence, extra computational complexity is needed to obtain a fair solution with required accuracy. In this paper, non-uniform sub-elements are considered for FEM (efficient FEM, EFEM) solution to reduce the computational complex-ity. Then this EFEM is applied for the solution of one-dimensional heat transfer problem in a rectangular thin fin. The obtained results are compared with CFEM and efficient DQM (EDQM), with non-uniform mesh generation). It is found that the EFEM exhibit more accurate results than CFEM and EDQM showing its potentiality.

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S. BASRI, M. FAKIR, F. MUSTAPHA, D. MAJID and A. JAAFAR, "Heat Distribution in Rectangular Fins Using Efficient Finite Element and Differential Quadrature Methods," Engineering, Vol. 1 No. 3, 2009, pp. 151-160. doi: 10.4236/eng.2009.13018.

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