Faculty Advisor

Yakovlev, Vadim V.


The use of microwaves has proven to be effective for thermal processing of dielectric materials. The conventional impossibility of generating a desired temperature distribution within the product remains the key problem of the practice. Consequently, the mathematical modeling of electromagnetic and heat processes is a crucial emphasis of the field. However, physically, the phenomenon appears to be too complicated to be modeled adequately even by highly sophisticated approaches. The goal of this project is to specify the major factors causing the inadequacy of the typical models and to work out certain recommendations on how the mathematics and practice could be drawn together. Conclusions will be issued upon the investigation of industry; interviews of key personnel and the study of industrial equipment completed at New England companies, Ferrite Components (Hudson, NH) and RF Technologies (Lewiston, ME) among others.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 1999

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences