Geometric optimization of radiant enclosures containing specular surfaces

K. J. Daun*, D. P. Morton, J. R. Howell

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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 foroward "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 be solving two industrially-relevant design problems involving two-dimensional enclosures that contain specular surfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)845-851
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Heat Transfer
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2003


  • Geometry
  • Heat transfer
  • Monte Carlo
  • Radiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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