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On the stability of the exact solutions of the dual-phase lagging model of heat conduction

Jose Ordonez-Miranda and Juan Jose Alvarado-Gil*

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Departamento de Física Aplicada, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del I.P.N.-Unidad Mérida. Carretera Antigua a Progreso km. 6, A.P. 73 Cordemex, C.P. 97310, Mérida, Yucatán, México

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:327  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-327

Published: 13 April 2011


The dual-phase lagging (DPL) model has been considered as one of the most promising theoretical approaches to generalize the classical Fourier law for heat conduction involving short time and space scales. Its applicability, potential, equivalences, and possible drawbacks have been discussed in the current literature. In this study, the implications of solving the exact DPL model of heat conduction in a three-dimensional bounded domain solution are explored. Based on the principle of causality, it is shown that the temperature gradient must be always the cause and the heat flux must be the effect in the process of heat transfer under the dual-phase model. This fact establishes explicitly that the single- and DPL models with different physical origins are mathematically equivalent. In addition, taking into account the properties of the Lambert W function and by requiring that the temperature remains stable, in such a way that it does not go to infinity when the time increases, it is shown that the DPL model in its exact form cannot provide a general description of the heat conduction phenomena.