#### Abstract

The main work of this paper focuses on identifying the heat flux in inverse problem of two-dimensional nonhomogeneous parabolic equation, which has wide application in the industrial field such as steel-making and continuous casting. Firstly, the existence of the weak solution of the inverse problem is discussed. With the help of forward solution and dual equation, this paper proves the Lipchitz continuity of the cost function and derives the Lipchitz constant. Furthermore, in order to accelerate the convergence rate and reduce the running time, this paper presents a sufficient descent Levenberg–Marquard algorithm with adaptive parameter (SD-LMAP) to solve this inverse problem. At last, compared with other methods, the results of simulation experiment show that this algorithm can obviously reduce the running time and iterative number.

#### 1. Introduction

The most steel production is completed by the continuous casting machine. To guarantee the quality of casting billet, the spray cooling control system [1, 2] based on the heat transfer model is considered. Hence, the accurate heat transfer model counts a great deal for the production of continuous casting. Boundary conditions are essential to the accurate heat transfer model. Therefore, it is crucial to correct boundary conditions along the caster machine during the casting operations. Heat flux at the metal/cooling interface is an important one among these boundary conditions [3, 4]. The identification of heat flux of the heat transfer model in continuous casting is a kind of inverse problems of the parabolic equation. The inverse problems of the parabolic equation are encountered in many applications, in particular, in heat transfer [5, 6], filtration [7], and material science [8, 9]. We only consider the inverse problem in continuous casting.

Recently, the inverse problems of the parabolic equation have been considered by many authors. Wang et al. [10] used a regularized optimization method for identifying the space-dependent source in a parabolic equation. Ruan et al. [11] investigated an inverse source problem for the time-fractional diffusion equation, which is formulated into an optimization problem, and a semismooth Newton (SSN) algorithm is developed to solve it. Chen et al. [12] applied an inverse algorithm based on the conjugate gradient method and the discrepancy principle to solve the inverse hyperbolic heat conduction problem. Zhao and Banda [13] deal with an inverse problem of determining the diffusion coefficient, spacewise dependent source term, and initial value simultaneously for the one-dimensional heat equation. Beck and Woodbury [14] estimated the time and/or space dependence of the surface heat flux or temperature utilizing interior temperature measurements at discrete times and/or locations. Lee [15] demonstrated the performance and efficiency of the repulsive particle swarm optimization (RPSO) method for solving the inverse heat conduction problem. Cui et al. [16, 17] developed an improved Levenberg–Marquardt (L-M) algorithm for solving inverse problems. Oliveira et al [18] used the Levenberg–Marquardt technique to determine the interfacial heat transfer coefficient.

Our previous works [19, 20] focused on the identification of the heat transfer coefficients of the heat transfer model by the L-M algorithm. Based on the above works, this paper considers the inverse problem of two-dimensional nonhomogeneous parabolic equation associated with the continuous casting. This problem is described as a PDE optimization problem. The adjoint approach is used to prove the Lipchitz continuous of the gradient of cost function in PDE optimization problem with the two-dimensional nonhomogeneous parabolic equation. Under the condition of Lipchitz continuous, this paper presents a sufficient descent Levenberg–Marquard with adaptive parameter (SD-LMAP) algorithm to solve this problem. And, the simulation experiment is used to illustrate the validity of this algorithm.

The construction of paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, the heat transfer model of continuous casting is given. And, we prove the Lipchitz continuous of the gradient of cost function in Section 3. In Section 4, the sufficient descent Levenberg–Marquard (SD-LMAP) algorithm with an adaptive parameter is presented. In Section 5, the simulation experiments are given to illustrate the validity of the proposed method.

#### 2. Heat Transfer Model for Continuous Casting and the Description of the Problem

##### 2.1. Heat Transfer Mathematical Model for Continuous Casting

The pouring process of continuous casting is given in Figure 1, and the solidification of the slab can be described by the heat transfer model. The unsteady state heat transfer mathematical model based on some assumptions can be used to predict the temperature distribution during the process of casting solidification. So, we assume as follows: (1) in the process of the continuous casting, convective heat transfer is equal to the thermal conduction, (2) the mold is considered uniform and the cooling temperature equal to the water-cooling temperature , and (3) the meniscus surface is considered to be flat. Based on the above assumptions, the two-dimensional heat transfer model [1] is given bywhere , is the width of billet (the width is equal to the thickness for billet), is the casting time , is density , is specific heat , is thermal conductivity , is temperature , is time , and is the term associated to the internal heat generation because of the phase change.

The boundary condition at beginning (on ) iswhere is the pouring temperature , which is considered as a constant.

On the boundary and , the spray cooling method is used to solidify the billet, and these boundary conditions can be written aswhere is heat flux on , which is crucial to the heat transfer model. is heat transfer coefficient and is the temperature of cooling water. However, the interface heat flux of the billet is difficult to be measured, so this paper considers to identify this parameter. Similarly, is the heat flux on . The cooling intensity on the surface of width is the same as the thickness for billet.

Because of the symmetrical heat flux at the center of the slab, we can consider the 1/4 of steel billet, and the boundary conditions on and are given in the following:

##### 2.2. The Description of the Problem

In the productive process of continuous casting, the surface temperature of billet ( or ) can be measured [3]. We can use these data to identify the heat flux . We define and , and the inverse problem can be described by the following PDE optimization problem:where , , and are calculated values of the surface temperature on and , respectively, and are measured values of the surface temperature on and , respectively, is the error level, and is the initial temperature, where we define .

*Remark 1. *Because the cooling intensity on the surface of width is the same as thickness for billet, as long as the heat flux on width side is estimated, the heat flux on the other side can be known. In the process of measurement, we only need to measure the surface temperature on one side.

#### 3. The Quasi-Solution of the Inverse Problem and Lipchitz Continuity of the Gradient of the Cost Function

##### 3.1. The Quasi-Solution Approach Based on Weak Solution

We denote the set of admissible unknown heat flux by , which satisfies the following equation:

The weak solution of the forward problem (7) will be defined to be the function , which satisfies the following integral identity:where for and and and for . Obviously, under the above conditions with regards to the given data, the existence and uniqueness of this solution in can be found in [5, 21].

Let us denote the solution of problem (7) by , corresponding to a given . If this function satisfies the measured data or , then it should satisfy the nonlinear functional equation:or

In practice, the measured data is usually given by the data with error level . The exact fulfillment of condition (10) may be not possible. According to this reason, a quasi-solution of the inverse problem (7) is defined as a solution of the following minimization problem:where is the cost functional, which is defined by equation (7).

##### 3.2. Lipchitz Continuity of the Gradient of the Cost Function

We assume that , and the variation of the cost function can be given in the following:where . Obviously, is the solution of the following parabolic problem:

Lemma 1. *If is the corresponding solution of the direct problem (7) and is the solution of the adjoint problem,*

For all , we have the following identity:

*Proof. *Multiplying both sides of parabolic (14) by and integrating on , based on the initial and boundary conditions, we have the following According to equation (15), we haveUsing the conditions of equations (14) and (15), we haveSo, Lemma 1 can be proved.

Lemma 2. *Let ; then, for the solution of the parabolic problem (14), there exists constants and , which satisfies and , and the following equation can be obtained for a given :where , , , and .*

*Proof. *If we multiply both sides of partial differential equation (14) by and also simultaneously in time and space integration, we can obtain the following equation:It is easy to know that the following equation holds:Hence, we have the following equations:Similarly, we also haveAccording to the boundary condition of equation (14), we haveSo, we haveAccording to the -inequality,The first item on the right side of equation (26) can be written asSimilarly, the second item on the right side of equation (26) can be shown in the following:Furthermore, we estimate by applying Cauchy inequality:Now, we integrate both sides of inequality (30) on , and we can obtainSimilarly, we haveAnd, we use these inequalities to estimate the left-hand side of inequality (26), and we can obtain the following inequality:So, we haveThis case requires and . So, we obtain the following conditions:So, we have the following inequalities:So, we havewhere and .

Lemma 2 is been proved.

##### 3.3. Lipschitz Continuity of the Gradient of Cost Function

In this section, Lipschitz continuity of the gradient of cost function is shown, and we also give the Lipschitz constant according to the constant of Lemma 1 and Lemma 2.

Theorem 1. *If the function is the solution of the adjoint problem (15), the function is the solution of the following problem:*

Then, we have the following estimate:

*Proof. *Considering Lemma 1 and Lemma 2, we multiply both sides of equation (39) by and also simultaneously in time and space integration, and we haveSimilarly,So, we havewhere and .

The theorem is been proved.

#### 4. Sufficient Descent Levenberg–Marquard Algorithm for Solving the Inverse Heat Transfer Problem

##### 4.1. Sufficient Descent Levenberg–Marquard with Adaptive Parameter (SD-LMAP) Algorithm

Based on the above sections, some gradient methods, such as conjugate gradient method [5], can be used to solve the optimization problem. In practice, the inverse heat transfer problem is ill-posed [22, 23], which means that small errors in the measured values of surface temperature can lead to large disturbance in the inverse results. In present, many research works [16, 17, 24, 25] apply the Levenberg–Marquard (L-M) algorithm to solve the inverse heat transfer problem and analyze convergence of a regularizing L-M scheme for nonlinear ill-posed problems. Therefore, this paper considers the L-M algorithm to solve the inverse heat transfer problem.

Because the width and thickness of billet have the same heat flux, the surface temperature on one of it is required to be measured. In order to identify the heat flux , we assume that the surface temperature on the can be measured. We have the following cost function:

The iterative process of L-M algorithm is written aswhere is an iteration parameter; in this paper, the exact linear search is used:where is a given initial iteration and is the search direction determined by L-M algorithm, which is given in the following:where is the gradient, which decides the iterative direction of L-M algorithm, is the L-M parameter, the adaptive parameter method [19] is used, is the error level, and is the identity matrix.

Sufficient descent property plays a key role in the global convergence of the iterative method [26]. The sufficient descent condition is defined aswhere is the iterative direction at step , is the gradient of cost function at step , and is a positive constant.

In order to accelerate the convergence rate and reduce the running time, this paper presents a sufficient descent Levenberg–Marquard with adaptive parameter (SD-LMAP) algorithm. The iterative formula is given in the following:wherewith , , , and , .

Theorem 2. *If sequences and are generated by equations (48) and (49), for all , the following equation holds:*

*Proof. *Evidently, it is true for inequality (50) when . If , multiplying equation (49) by , we can obtain the following equation:Theorem 2 is been proved.

*Remark 2. *The SD-LMAP algorithm is proposed in the framework of LM algorithm because [25, 27] prove the regularizing of LM algorithm. Therefore, the SD-LMAP algorithm also has regularizing. Furthermore, most of the references [16, 28] used the LM and the modified LM algorithms to solve the inverse problems in many fields and overcame the ill-posed problem. So, the SD-LMAP algorithm can be used to solve the ill-posed problem.

*Remark 3. *For the SD-LMAP algorithm, the item has little effect on the iterative direction, but it should be nonsingular. Obviously, this item is not nonsingular when L-M parameter is positive. The direction of L-M algorithm adopts the gradient scheme, but the sufficient descent direction is used in this paper, and the sufficient descent property of SD-LMAP algorithm is analyzed. The SD-LMAP algorithm can guarantee descent at each step and global convergence.

##### 4.2. Model Discretization and Solving Process of the Inverse Heat Transfer Problem

###### 4.2.1. Numerical Solution of the Direct Problem

An implementation of the iterative method (SD-LM) requires solving the direct problem effectively in each step. For the numerical solution of direct problem (1)–(6), the discrete model with its boundary conditions is shown in the following based on the finite difference method:

Boundary condition on is shown in the following:

Boundary condition on is shown in the following:

Boundary condition on is shown in the following:

Boundary condition on is shown in the followingwhere we define , , is the number of grid at direction, is the number of grid at direction, is equal to for the billet, , , is time step, , is the number of time grid. is abbreviation of , and is the approximate value of at the mesh point .

###### 4.2.2. Solving Process of the Inverse Heat Transfer Problem

We assume that the number of measured point is on at space. The measured time interval is and the number of measured point is at space. So, the discrete model of cost function is shown in the following:where is the measured value at point and is the calculated value corresponding to the measured point, which is computed by solving the direct problem (1)–(6). The solving process of the inverse heat transfer problem (7) based on the SD-LM algorithm is given in the following. Step 1: set , given an initial value , the maximum iterative number , and stopping criteria Step 2: compute the temperature according to equations (53)–(57) Step 3: calculate the cost function ; if or , stop; else , go to Step 4 Step 4: calculate the L-M parameter and the iteration parameter by equation (46) Step 5: update the heat flux according to equation (48), and go to Step 2

#### 5. Simulation

In this section, the estimation of heat flux in two-dimensional nonhomogeneous parabolic equation is discussed in two cases. During the process of slab production, the heat transfer coefficient is described by the piecewise linear; thus, the piecewise linear of the heat transfer coefficient is selected in the first case. Furthermore, in order to test the performance of algorithm (SD-LM with adaptive parameter), in the second case, the heat transfer coefficient changing with time is selected. In the next, these two cases and the analyses of simulation results are shown in the following.

*Case 1. *We consider the process described by means of (1)–(6) for the following values of parameters: , , , , , , and . Because of , if the heat transfer coefficient is known, the heat flux can be obtained. The coefficient is sought in the form given below:where the exact values of coefficient are known and they are equal to , , , , , and , respectively.

In order to calculate this problem, the finite difference method is used to solve direct heat transfer equation. In executed experiment, we assumed that the values of temperature in six points are known. The accurate measured values of surface temperature are calculated by the solving the direct heat transfer equation. In order to investigate the stability of numerical solution, the values of measurement temperature were perturbed aswhere is the error level.

In this simulation experiment, we measure the temperature values at the point with the time interval and choose the maximum iterative number . The gradient algorithm (GA), conjugate gradient algorithm (CGA), improved conjugate gradient algorithm (ICGA) [29], LM algorithm [19], sufficient descent Levenberg–Marquard (SD-LM) algorithm, and SD-LMAP are used to estimate the heat transfer coefficient . The convergence of the cost function with the iterative number is given in Figure 2. It is can be seen from this figure that, comparing with other methods, the SD-LMAP algorithm obviously accelerates the convergence rate. Furthermore, we choose the stopping criteria , and the results of simulation experiment are shown in Table 1. It is can be seen from this table that the iterative number and running time obviously reduced.

In order to investigate the performance of algorithm for overcoming the error, this simulation experiment used the error levels , , , and to generate the measuring error. The standard deviation is given in the following:where is the estimated value of boundary condition, is the true value of boundary condition, and is the number of sampling point. The inverse results are shown in Table 2. From this table, we can see that the standard deviation obtained by the SD-LMAP algorithm is less than other methods, which can eliminate the ill-posedness of inverse problem.

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*Case 2. *In this case, the main parameters and physical parameters are given in Case 1, and the heat flux are changing with time , which is given in the following:Two hundred points are selected at midsurface as the measured temperature values at positions