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Abstract

Microwave heating is becoming of growing importance in material sciences in the last two decades. Due to the volumetric heating effect, microwave heating offers an energy efficient way of processing materials in several ways. The modeling and simulation of material processing with microwaves with respect to the material structure is a challenging task. The corresponding mathematical modeling results in a coupled, multiscale problem in space and time consisting of Maxwell equations, the heat equation and a temperature-dependent description of the dielectric properties of them material under investigation. (© 2012 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)