A combined ANN-GA and experimental based technique for the estimation of the unknown heat flux for a conjugate heat transfer problem

TitleA combined ANN-GA and experimental based technique for the estimation of the unknown heat flux for a conjugate heat transfer problem
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsKumar, MK. Harsha, P. S. Vishweshwara, G. Nagarajan, and B. Chakravarthy
JournalHeat and Mass Transfer
Volume54
Pagination3185-3197
Date Published2018-05-01
KeywordsDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
Abstract

The major objectives in the design of thermal systems are obtaining the information about thermophysical, transport and boundary properties. The main purpose of this paper is to estimate the unknown heat flux at the surface of a solid body. A constant area mild steel fin is considered and the base is subjected to constant heat flux. During heating, natural convection heat transfer occurs from the fin to ambient. The direct solution, which is the forward problem, is developed as a conjugate heat transfer problem from the fin and the steady state temperature distribution is recorded for any assumed heat flux. In order to model the natural convection heat transfer from the fin, an extended domain is created near the fin geometry and air is specified as a fluid medium and Navier Stokes equation is solved by incorporating the Boussinesq approximation. The computational time involved in executing the forward model is then reduced by developing a neural network (NN) between heat flux values and temperatures based on back propagation algorithm. The conjugate heat transfer NN model is now coupled with Genetic algorithm (GA) for the solution of the inverse problem. Initially, GA is applied to the pure surrogate data, the results are then used as input to the Levenberg- Marquardt method and such hybridization is proven to result in accurate estimation of the unknown heat flux. The hybrid method is then applied for the experimental temperature to estimate the unknown heat flux. A satisfactory agreement between the estimated and actual heat flux is achieved by incorporating the hybrid method.

URLhttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00231-018-2341-3