Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 42, Issue 16, pp 6749–6754 | Cite as

Thermal conductivity of ceramic particle filled polymer composites and theoretical predictions

  • Hong He
  • Renli FuEmail author
  • Yanchun Han
  • Yuan Shen
  • Xiufeng Song


Models and theories for predicting the thermal conductivity of polymer composites were discussed. Effective Medium Theory (EMT), Agari model and Nielsen model respectively are introduced and are applied as predictions for the thermal conductivity of ceramic particle filled polymer composites. Thermal conductivity of experimentally prepared Si3N4/epoxy composite and some data cited from the literature are discussed using the above theories. Feasibility of the three methods as a prediction in the whole volume fraction region of the filler from 0 to 1 was evaluated for a comparison. As a conclusion: both EMT and Nielsen model can give a well prediction for the thermal conductivity at a low volume fraction of the filler; Agari model give a better prediction in the whole range, but with larger error percentage.


Thermal Conductivity Percolation Threshold Filler Particle Epoxy Composite Effective Medium Theory 
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This work was supported by a grant from the National Nature Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 50472019).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hong He
    • 1
  • Renli Fu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yanchun Han
    • 1
  • Yuan Shen
    • 1
  • Xiufeng Song
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Materials Science and TechnologyNanjing University of Aeronautics and AstronauticsNanjingP.R. China

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