||CMES: Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol. 32, No. 3, pp. 161-174, 2008
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||meshless method, local weak form, Heaviside step function, moving least squares interpolation, Laplace transform
||A meshless method based on the local Petrov-Galerkin approach is proposed for the solution of steady-state and transient heat conduction problems in a continuously non-homogeneous anisotropic medium. The Laplace transform is used to treat the time dependence of the variables for transient problems. The analyzed domain is covered by small subdomains with a simple geometry. A weak formulation for the set of governing equations is transformed into local integral equations on local subdomains by using a unit test function. Nodal points are randomly distributed in the 3D analyzed domain and each node is surrounded by a spherical subdomain to which a local integral equation is applied. The meshless approximation based on the Moving Least-Squares (MLS) method is employed for the implementation. Several example problems with Dirichlet, mixed, and/or convection boundary conditions, are presented to demonstrate the veracity and effectiveness of the numerical approach.