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Generalized Separation of Variables in Nonlinear Heat and Mass Transfer Equations

Andrei D. Polyanin, Alexei I. Zhurov and Andrei V. Vyazmin
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Abstract

We outline generalized separation of variables as applied to nonlinear second-order partial differential equations (PDEs). In this context, we suggest a method for constructing exact solutions of nonlinear PDEs. The method involves searching for transformations that “reduce the dimensionality” of the equation. New families of exact solutions of 3D nonlinear elliptic and parabolic equations that govern processes of heat and mass transfer in inhomogeneous anisotropic media are described. Moreover, the method makes it possible to construct exact solutions of nonlinear wave equations. We also present solutions for three families of equations with logarithmic heat sources; the solutions are obtained by nonlinear separation of variables.

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Published Online: 2005-07-05
Published in Print: 2001-02-02

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