A micromechanics model for the thermal conductivity of nanotube-polymer nanocomposites Academic Article uri icon


  • A micromechanics approach for assessing the impact of an interfacial thermal resistance, also known as the Kapitza resistance, on the effective thermal conductivity of carbon nanotube-polymer nanocomposites is applied, which includes both the effects of the presence of the hollow region of the carbon nanotube (CNT) and the effects of the interactions amongst the various orientations of CNTs in a random distribution. The interfacial thermal resistance is a nanoscale effect introduced in the form of an interphase layer between the CNT and the polymer matrix in a nanoscale composite cylinder representative volume element to account for the thermal resistance in the radial direction along the length of the nanotube. The end effects of the interfacial thermal resistance are accounted for in a similar manner through the use of an interphase layer between the polymer and the CNT ends. Resulting micromechanics predictions for the effective thermal conductivity of polymer nanocomposites with randomly oriented CNTs, which incorporate input from molecular dynamics for the interfacial thermal resistance, demonstrate the importance of including the hollow region in addition to the interfacial thermal resistance, and compare well with experimental data.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Seidel, G. D., & Lagoudas, D. C.

citation count

  • 32

complete list of authors

  • Seidel, Gary D||Lagoudas, Dimitris C

publication date

  • July 2008