Document Type: Regular Paper
1Department of Mathematics, Guilan University, Rasht, P.O.Box 19145, I. R. of Iran
Department of Civil and Resource Engineering, Dalhousie University, NS, Canada
A 2-D heat conduction model has been solved by using the Adomian Decomposition Method to
predict the transient temperature and heat flux distribution in a thick solid that is irradiated by a laser source.
The laser source may operate in a continuous wave (CW) mode or repeated pulse (RP) mode and may have
arbitrary, spatial and temporal profiles.
A generalized solution containing five-terms approximation of a rapidly convergent series is obtained.
The solution is then applied to some special cases of practical interest, such as laser irradiation of sandstones
and limestones. Laser drilling of geologic formations is being considered by the petroleum industry in the
foreseeable future. The 2-D transient temperature distribution is presented in a graphical form and discussed.
A comparison between the results obtained from the Adomian method and those obtained numerically by
using the Crank-Nicholson method is also presented.