Fuzzy and Interval Finite Element Method for Heat Conduction Problem

Institute of Advanced Engineering and Science

Sarangam Majumdar, Sukanta Nayak, S Chakraverty,

International Journal of Advances in Applied Sciences, Vol 1, No 4: December 2012 , pp. 171-180


Traditional finite element method is a well-established method to solve various problems of science and engineering. Different authors have used various methods to solve governing differential equation of heat conduction problem.  In this study, heat conduction in a circular rod has been considered which is made up of two different materials viz. aluminum and copper. In earlier studies parameters in the differential equation have been taken as fixed (crisp) numbers which actually may not. Those parameters are found in general by some measurements or experiments. So the material properties are actually uncertain and may be considered to vary in an interval or as fuzzy and in that case complex interval arithmetic or fuzzy arithmetic has to be considered in the analysis. As such the problem is discretized into finite number of elements which depend on interval/fuzzy parameters. Representation of interval/fuzzy numbers may give the clear picture of uncertainty. Hence interval/fuzzy arithmetic is applied in the finite element method to solve a steady state heat conduction problem. Application of fuzzy finite element method in the said problem gives fuzzy system of linear equations in general. Here new methods have also been proposed to handle such type of fuzzy system of linear equations. Corresponding results are computed and has been reported here.

Publisher: Institute of Advanced Engineering and Science

Publish Date: 2012-12-01

DOI: 10.11591/ijaas.v1.i4.pp171-180

Publish Year: 2012

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