Micromechanically based effective thermal conductivity estimates for polymer nanocomposites Conference Paper uri icon


  • Modified versions of the Mori-Tanaka and self-consistent methods for steady state heat conduction were developed to predict the effective thermal conductivities of composites containing multiple distinct nanoheterogeneities (fibers, spheres, platelets, voids, etc.) each with an arbitrary number of coating layers. Predicted thermal conductivities matched experimentally measured values for vapor-grown carbon nanofiber/polypropylene, exfoliated graphite flake/epoxy, glass micro-sphere/ polystyrene, cupric oxide sphere/ epoxy, and aluminum sphere/epoxy composites. © 2012 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.

author list (cited authors)

  • Yu, J., Lacy, T. E., Toghiani, H., & Pittman, C. U.

publication date

  • December 2012