# 3D Boundary Value Heat Transfer with constant flux and nonzero boundary

• Feb 14th 2011, 01:22 AM
bnay
3D Boundary Value Heat Transfer with constant flux and nonzero boundary
I'm having trouble getting started on this problem. Here's the question:

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My issue is in setting up the governing partial differential equation in 3 dimensions. What I've tried so far is setting du/dt equal to the Laplacian of u(x,y,z,t) + g(x,y). I'm not entirely sure if I can do this, though. It leads me to assume u(x,y,z,t) = X(x)Y(y)Z(z)T(t), but I'm not sure how to cancel out the inhomogeneous boundary conditions.

I know that if g were a constant I could let v = u - g, but since it isn't its derivative with respect to x and y won't go away and v will stay inhomogeneous.

Sorry if that sounds like word vomit - its late and I've been up reading textbooks that only seem to have one dimensional examples. If anybody could shed some light on how to tackle this problem I would be very thankful - I'm mostly looking for a starting point and hopefully I can take it from there.
• Feb 14th 2011, 05:28 AM
Jester
Nothing in the problem says that heat is being generated inside the block. Your differential equtaions should be

\$\displaystyle u_t = u_{xx} + u_{yy} + u_{zz}\$

Then set up the apporxiate BC's.