The transient cooldown of a gray, absorbing, isotropic scattering, emitting, and conducting medium bounded by gray, diffusely emitting and reflecting parallel plates is considered. Numerical solutions are obtained for the initial boundary-value problem with a discontinuous decrease in temperature at one boundary. The quasi-steady equation of radiative transfer is solved using Gaussian quadrature and a matrix eigenvector technique together with explicit numerical solution of the unsteady energy equation. Temperature and energy flux distributions are presented for variations of optical thickness, boundary emissivity, albedo, and conduction–radiation parameter.

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