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Transient Conduction at the Interface between Two Materials

Finger touching Space-Shuttle thermal protective tile

In this project we model a finger touching a hot material as a one-dimensional, transient conduction problem. We test flesh touching soapstone, flesh touching cast iron and flesh touching Space Shuttle tile (shown above) and compare and contrast the resulting behavior.  We implement a finite-volume numerical scheme for this transient conduction problem, just like that employed in the HTTonedt module, but tailored to include a junction between two dissimilar materials.   The interface between the flesh and other material provides an interesting numerical challenge for students, as do the significantly different thermal properties of the three hot materials.  Detailed instructions are included.


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