We consider the problem of exactly determining the effective thermal conductivity, σeff, of a composite material consisting of periodic or random arrays of spheres which possess superconducting interfaces. This requires the solution of the local temperature field in which there is a jump in the normal component of the heat flux across the sphere-matrix interface. The strength of this interface is characterized by a dimensionless parameter (7-40 such that C -0 corresponds to the usual perfect interface case. An approximate formula for the effective conductivity, creff, compares favourably with our results for a wide range of sphere volume fractions, phase conductivity ratios, and values of the interfacial strength C.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1997|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)