Effective thermal conductivity of particulate composites with interfacial thermal resistance
A methodology is introduced for predicting the effective thermal conductivity of arbitrary particulate composites with interfacial thermal resistance in terms of an effective medium approach combined with the essential concept of Kapitza thermal contact resistance. Results of the present model are compared to existing models and available experimental results. The proposed approach rediscovers the existing theoretical results for simple limiting cases. The comparisons between the predicted and experimental results of particulate diamond reinforced ZnS matrix and cordierite matrix composites and the particulate SiC reinforced Al matrix composite show good agreement. Numerical calculations of these different sets of composites show very interesting predictions concerning the effects of the particle shape and size and the interfacial thermal resistance. © 1997 American Institute of Physics.