In this paper we investigate an application of the method of fundamental solutions (MFS) to transient heat conduction. In almost all of the previously proposed MFS for time-dependent heat conduction the fictitious sources are located outside the time-interval of interest. In our case, however, these sources are instead placed outside the space domain of interest in the same manner as is done for stationary heat conduction. A denseness result for this method is discussed and the method is numerically tested showing that accurate numerical results can be obtained. Furthermore, a test example with boundary singularities shows that it is advisable to remove such singularities before applying the MFS.
- heat conduction
- method of fundamental solutions