Soheyl (Soli) Vakili is a PhD candidate in mechanical engineering at the University of British Columbia, working on numerical methods for inverse heat transfer.
Project: Solving the Retrospective Inverse Heat Conduction Problem using a Cellular Automaton Energy-Transport Model
Inverse problems are usually defined as trying to determine the unknown causes based on the observed effects. In a heat-conduction problem, the causes are the boundary conditions (heat flux, temperature, convection, and radiation), initial conditions (initial temperature distribution), and material properties (e.g. thermal capacity and thermal conductivity). The effect is the temperature distribution inside the domain, which can be measured by thermocouples in a real-world experiment. A cellular automaton model has been previously used to solve the boundary inverse problem. This project will focus on solving the retrospective problem, i.e. looking back for the initial conditions, using an NKS strategy.
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