TITLE

Effective thermal conduction in composite materials

AUTHOR(S)
Suleiman, Bashir M.
PUB. DATE
April 2010
SOURCE
Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing;Apr2010, Vol. 99 Issue 1, p223
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The problem of determining the bounds and/or estimating the effective thermal conductivity ( λeff) of a composite (multiphase) system given the volume fractions and the conductivities of the components has been investigated. A comparison between the measured data and the results predicted by theoretical models has been made for seven heterogeneous samples. The tested models include those of the effective medium theory (EMT), Hashin and Shtrikman (HS) bounds, and Wiener bounds. These models can be used to characterize macroscopic homogeneous and isotropic multiphase composite materials either by determining the bounds for the effective thermal conductivity and/or by estimating the overall conductivity of the random mixture. It turns out that the most suitable one of these models to estimate λeff is the EMT model. This model is a mathematical model based on the homogeneity condition which satisfies the existence of a statistically homogeneous medium that encloses inclusions of different phases. Numerical values of thermal conductivity for the samples that satisfy the homogeneity condition imposed by the effective medium theory are in best agreement with the experimentally measured ones.
ACCESSION #
48827462

 

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