On the effective thermal conductivity of randomly cracked bodies

Y. Benveniste*, T. Miloh

*Corresponding author for this work

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The present paper studies the effective thermal conductivity of a cracked body containing a random distribution of ellipsoidal cracks. Two micromechanics models are formulated: a) the 'generalized self-consistent' method, b) the Mori-Tanaka model. Both methods predict a gradual decrease in the effective thermal conductivity as a function of the crack density parameter. The advantage and disadvantage of both methods are discussed and their predictions are compared with that of the ordinary self-consistent scheme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-94
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Applied Mechanics Division, AMD
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes
EventMechanics of Composite Materials, 1988 - Berkeley, CA, USA
Duration: 20 Jun 198822 Jun 1988


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