2006 Volume 49 Issue 2 Pages 180-187
Thermo-mechanical behavior in a rod subjected to a pulsed heat input was investigated by numerical simulation using the hyperbolic thermo-elasticity theory derived from the thermal dynamics in the present paper. Unlike the classical thermo-elastic theory with the parabolic energy equation and the hyperbolic motion equation, temperature response and thermal stress due to the temperature change exhibit significant wavy characteristics in the hyperbolic thermo-elasticity theory which is based on the non-Fourier heat conduction. The whole region of the rod is split into the heat disturbed region and the heat undisturbed region by the thermal wave front which is determined by the propagating velocity of the heat wave. The heat wave and elastic wave travel in the body at a finite velocity and reflect at the end of the rod. Thermal shock due to the discontinuous jump in thermal condition, and the reflection of thermal stress at the end terminate of the rod are significant during the heating process.