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Transient Heat Conduction

version (112 KB) by Ye Cheng
This MATLAB App provides a GUI to study transient and steady-state heat conductions.


Updated 12 Sep 2016

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This is the 4th MATLAB App in the Virtual Thermal/Fluid Lab series.
This MATLAB App allows you to:
1. Visualize the change of temperature distribution in a transient heat conduction problem
2. Test the effects of initial and boundary conditions and thermal diffusivity on temperature distribution
3. Understand numerical stability and effect of convergence criterion
4. Learn to use the MuPAD® Notebook to compute analytical solution of the steady-state conduction problem
5. Look at the GUI source code and see how it is created
Check out the webinar on virtual fluid mechanics and heat transfer labs with MATLAB:

Cite As

Ye Cheng (2021). Transient Heat Conduction (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

Comments and Ratings (30)

Howard Labido

Same here, how to change the thermal diffusivity so I can analyze a different material?
I am doing it on my washing machine with hot water.

Damian Prashad

Thank you, very easy to use. I have a question, how can I change the thermal diffusivity for so I can analyze a different material?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,

Antonio CAIAIA

Ahmed Saeed Mansour

Hello, for people who cannot install the app or modify the design, here is my tutorial about it:

Maria Ospina

Hi, how would I change the mediums used for alpha (thermal diffusivity). I'm in the file transientConductionGUI.m and I've inputed a new case, but it does not update the actual GUI...

João Murdiga

Celso Pacheco

could someone help me to install the app please

Oleg Pinchuk

Odom Seng

Robert Aaron

Robert Aaron

Leroy Quek

I require a password to unzip the file, does anyone have it?

Elliott Kingston


I do have a problem in opening Zip file

Sai Gudlur

Hello Mr.Cheng,
I can't download this file. Please could you help.



Cannot unzip!

jun wang

I cant download the APP file, any solution? Thank you,Mrs Cheng

Jitender Chaurasia

Some problem with ZIP file

Yilong Hu

Sebastian Engel

I cant extract the zip file, any solution? Thanks

Nguyen Viet Dung

Robert Vella

Problem solved.

Robert Vella

Cannot extract the zip file.
Error message: Error (1): Operation not permitted.
How can I extract the zip file successfully?

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MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2012b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
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