This paper presents an optimization methodology for designing radiant enclosures containing specularly-reflecting surfaces. The optimization process works by making intelligent perturbations to the enclosure geometry at each design iteration using specialized numerical algorithms. This procedure requires far less time than the forward “trial-and-error” design methodology, and the final solution is near optimal. The radiant enclosure is analyzed using a Monte Carlo technique based on exchange factors, and the design is optimized using the Kiefer-Wolfowitz method. The optimization design methodology is demonstrated by solving two industrially-relevant design problems involving two-dimensional enclosures that contain specular surfaces.
Geometric Optimization of Radiant Enclosures Containing Specular Surfaces
Contributed by the Heat Transfer Division for publication in the JOURNAL OF HEAT TRANSFER. Manuscript received by the Heat Transfer Division December 5, 2002; revision received May 16, 2003. Associate Editor: S. T. Thynell.
Daun, K. J., Morton , D. P., and Howell , J. R. (September 23, 2003). "Geometric Optimization of Radiant Enclosures Containing Specular Surfaces ." ASME. J. Heat Transfer. October 2003; 125(5): 845–851. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1599369
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