This article presents an optimal shape design methodology for heat conduction problems. In this study, the shape of the conductive medium is parameterized by means of non-uniform rational B-spline (NURBS) surfaces, and their control points represent the design variables. The conductive domain is discretized by choosing the parameters of NURBS surfaces as generalized curvilinear coordinates, and the heat conduction equation is solved using the finite difference method. The simplified conjugate-gradient method (SCGM) is used as the optimization method to obtain the optimal shape and adjust the design variables intelligently. The methodology is demonstrated by optimizing the profile of a straight fin with the objective of enhancing heat transfer rate and reducing the fin mass.
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Optimal Shape Design for Heat Conduction Problems Using NURBS
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Fakhrabadi, F, & Kowary, F. "Optimal Shape Design for Heat Conduction Problems Using NURBS." Proceedings of the ASME 2009 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the InterPACK09 and 3rd Energy Sustainability Conferences. Volume 2: Theory and Fundamental Research; Aerospace Heat Transfer; Gas Turbine Heat Transfer; Computational Heat Transfer. San Francisco, California, USA. July 19–23, 2009. pp. 973-978. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/HT2009-88613
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