Critical times in multilayer diffusion. Part 2: Approximate solutions
RI Hickson, SI Barry, GN Mercer
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2009
Traditional averaging methods for multilayer diffusion give inaccurate approximations of critical time behaviour, such as the heating time of a material. In particular, they fail to capture the importance of layer order. We use a perturbation expansion of an exact solution to find a simple approximate solution which accurately describes the critical time for transport across multiple layers. This approximate solution is then used to find a correction for the averaging method which captures the key critical time behaviour. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.