We agree completely with the analysis of Professor Shusser that the sensitivity coefficients for our verification problem are correlated. From our considerable experience in parameter estimation, this is something we are very familiar with. Perhaps in our article we failed to make it clear that we are attempting to address parameter sensitivity for multidimensional transient heat conduction problems in complex geometries. These problems may have tens to hundreds of parameters and it will be difficult to ascertain which parameters are correlated or pertinent dimensionless groups. By their nature, these problems require large computer codes and putting the equations in dimensionless form is not a realistic option. Our interest in the rather simple one-dimensional steady state problem with two linear conductivity segments was purely as a verification problem for our software implementation and the correlation of the sensitivity coefficients was not thought to be a significant issue in our work.
Closure to "Discussion: 'Sensitivity Analysis for Nonlinear Heat Condition,' (2001, ASME J. of Heat Transfer, 123(1), pp. 1–10)"
Dowding, K. J., and Blackwell, B. F. (May 10, 2002). "Closure to "Discussion: 'Sensitivity Analysis for Nonlinear Heat Condition,' (2001, ASME J. of Heat Transfer, 123(1), pp. 1–10)" ." ASME. J. Heat Transfer. June 2002; 124(3): 590. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1472494
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