2. Finite-Difference Method

  1. W. J. Minkowycz2,
  2. E. M. Sparrow3 and
  3. J. Y. Murthy4
  1. Richard H. Pletcher

Published Online: 21 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470172599.ch2

Handbook of Numerical Heat Transfer, Second Edition

Handbook of Numerical Heat Transfer, Second Edition

How to Cite

Pletcher, R. H. (2000) Finite-Difference Method, in Handbook of Numerical Heat Transfer, Second Edition (eds W. J. Minkowycz, E. M. Sparrow and J. Y. Murthy), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470172599.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MC 251), 842 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60607-7022, USA

  2. 3

    University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 111 Church Street, S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

  3. 4

    Purdue University, School of Mechanical Engineering, 1288 Mechanical Engineering Building, West Lafavette, IN 47907-1288, USA

Author Information

  1. Iowa State University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2025 Black Engineering, Ames, IA 50011-2160, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 22 DEC 2000

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471348788

Online ISBN: 9780470172599



  • finite-difference methods;
  • heat transfer problems;
  • finite-volume method;
  • steady-state temperature distribution;
  • time-like variable


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Basics

  • Solving the Equations for Conduction

  • Considerations for Convective Flows

  • Nomenclature

  • References