Numerical reconstruction of unknown Robin inclusions inside a heat conductor by a non-iterative method

Gen Nakamura Hokkaido University Haibing Wang Southeast University

Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing mathscidoc:2103.25006

Inverse Problems, 33, (5), 055002, 2017.3
Consider the problem of reconstructing unknown Robin inclusions inside a heat conductor from boundary measurements. This problem arises from active thermography and is formulated as an inverse boundary value problem for the heat equation. In our previous works, we proposed a sampling-type method for reconstructing the boundary of the Robin inclusion and gave its rigorous mathematical justification. This method is non-iterative and based on the characterization of the solution to the so-called Neumann-to-Dirichlet map gap equation. In this paper, we give a further investigation of the reconstruction method from both the theoretical and numerical points of view. First, we clarify the solvability of the Neumann-to-Dirichlet map gap equation and establish a relation of its solution to the Green function associated with an initial-boundary value problem for the heat equation inside the Robin inclusion. This naturally provides a way of computing this Green function from the Neumann-to-Dirichlet map and explains what is the input for the linear sampling method. Assuming that the Neumann-to-Dirichlet map gap equation has a unique solution, we also show the convergence of our method for noisy measurements. Second, we give the numerical implementation of the reconstruction method for two-dimensional spatial domains. The measurements for our inverse problem are simulated by solving the forward problem via the boundary integral equation method. Numerical results are presented to illustrate the efficiency and stability of the proposed method. By using a finite sequence of transient input over a time interval, we propose a new sampling method over the time interval by single measurement which is most likely to be practical.
inverse boundary value problem, heat equation, reconstruction method, Robin inclusion
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@inproceedings{gen2017numerical,
  title={Numerical reconstruction of unknown Robin inclusions inside a heat conductor by a non-iterative method},
  author={Gen Nakamura, and Haibing Wang},
  url={http://archive.ymsc.tsinghua.edu.cn/pacm_paperurl/20210325173208138174765},
  booktitle={Inverse Problems},
  volume={33},
  number={5},
  pages={055002},
  year={2017},
}
Gen Nakamura, and Haibing Wang. Numerical reconstruction of unknown Robin inclusions inside a heat conductor by a non-iterative method. 2017. Vol. 33. In Inverse Problems. pp.055002. http://archive.ymsc.tsinghua.edu.cn/pacm_paperurl/20210325173208138174765.
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