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Steady state diffusion through three layers system

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Consider a system that consists of a flat layer of material of thicness L that creates radioactive particles surrounded on each side by a very thic layer of material that absorbs the partices that are produced by the radioactive layer.... see attached

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(a) The equations are:
(1.1)
Since the system is invariant under translation in the xy plane, the concentration profile is a function of time (t) and altitude (z) only.
In a steady state, the concentration profile, by definition, does not change with time:
(1.2)
The steady state concentration profile is a function of z alone So the equations for the steady state become standard ordinary differential equations:
(1.3)

For equation (1.3.1) we get:
(1.4)


Since are constants, integrating twice with respect to z yields the general solution:

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Solution Summary

The solution shows how to formulate the steady state equation, solve them and apply physical and mathematical conditions to obtain the concentration profile.

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