Analysis of photothermal characterization of layered materials - Design of optimal experiments

K. D. Cole

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In this paper numerical calculations are presented for the steady-periodic temperature in layered materials and functionally-graded materials to simulate photothermal methods for the measurement of thermal properties. No laboratory experiments were performed. The temperature is found from a new Green's function formulation' which is particularly well-suited to machine calculation. The simulation method is verified by comparison with literature data for a layered material. The method is applied to a class of two-component functionally-graded materials, and results for temperature and sensitivity coefficients are presented. An optimally criterion, based on the sensitivity coefficients, is used for choosing what experimental conditions will be needed for photothermal measurements to determine the spatial distribution of thermal properties. This method for optimal experiment design is completely general and may be applied to any photothermal technique and to any material with spatial variation of. thermal properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1567-1584
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Thermophysics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2004


  • Functionally graded material
  • Green's functions
  • Optimal experiment
  • Photothermal
  • Thermal properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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