A Heterogeneous Three-Dimensional Computational Model for Wood Drying

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A Heterogeneous Three-Dimensional Computational Model for Wood Drying

  • Wood Drying
  • 091505 Heat And Mass Transfer Operations
  • 010301 Numerical Analysis
  • Flux Limiting
  • 091210 Timber Pulp And Paper
  • Control Volume Finite Element
  • Pirsmatic Elements
  • Inexact Newton Method


A Heterogenous Three-Dimensional Computational Model for Wood Drying Simon Truscott B.Eng., B.Sc. School of Mathematical Sciences Applicable Mathematics and Applied Computation Research Program Queensland University of Technology Australia A Thesis Submitted for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy Queensland University of Technology October 2004 Statement of Original Authorship The work contained in this thesis has not been previously submitted for a degree or diploma at any other higher education institution. To the best of my knowledge and belief, the thesis contains no material previously published or written by another person except where due reference is made. Signature: Date: i ii Acknowledgments I am sincerely grateful to my principal supervisor Dr. Ian Turner. His con- tribution to this research and continued guidance are very much appreciated. He has made this time for me a very pleasant and enjoyable learning experience. I would like to thank my partner Kumiko Hara for her support and encour- agement, and my parents Gary and Sue Truscott for their love and support during my university studies. I would like to acknowledge my associate supervisors Prof. Sean McElwain and Dr. Joe Young for their helpful suggestions and reviewing the thesis, and Prof. Patrick Perre´ for his contribution with the mesh generation. I would like to thank Dr. Jayantha Pasdunkorole for his valued friendship and always being willing to help, and Dr. Anthony Rasmussen for never fail- ing to provide me with supercomputer support. Finally, thanks is also due to fellow postgraduate, academic, administrative and computer support staff at the School of Mathematical Sciences. iii iv Abstract The objective of this PhD research program is to develop an accurate and effi- cient heterogeneous three-dimensional computational model for simulating the drying of wood at temperatures below the boiling point of water. The complex

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