Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2003 (2003), Issue 6, Pages 305-317

Use of the multigrid methods for heat radiation problem

Naji A. Qatanani

Department of Mathematics, Al-Quds University, East Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority

Received 29 January 2003

Copyright © 2003 Naji A. Qatanani. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We consider the integral equation arising as a result of heat radiation exchange in both convex and nonconvex enclosures of diffuse grey surfaces. For nonconvex geometries, the visibility function must be taken into consideration. Therefore, a geometrical algorithm has been developed to provide an efficient detection of the shadow zones. For the numerical realization of the Fredholm integral equation, a boundary element method based on Galerkin-Bubnov discretization scheme is implemented. Consequently, multigrid iteration methods, which are closely related to two-grid methods, are used to solve the system of linear equations. To demonstrate the high efficiency of these iterations, we construct some numerical experiments for different enclosure geometries.