## Abstract

The effective thermal or electrical conductivity of a suspension of monodisperse spherical particles embedded in a matrix of different conductivity is computed for the case when there exists a finite resistance at the particle-matrix interface. The calculation is carried out to second order in the volume fraction θ of the particle phase for a dispersion having the structure of equilibrium hard spheres. Both the first-order (Maxwell) and the second-order approximations are found to represent experimental data reasonably well for dispersions of low to moderate concentration. To first order in θ, the calculation of the conductivity of a dispersion with surface resistance is equivalent to the calculation of the conductivity of another dispersion with no surface resistance, but with a different particle conductivity. In the case of polydisperse systems, the effective conductivity is found to be sensitive to the particle size distribution.

Original language | American English |
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Pages (from-to) | 2677-2685 |

Number of pages | 9 |

Journal | Chemical Engineering Science |

Volume | 42 |

Issue number | 11 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 1987 |

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- General Chemistry
- General Chemical Engineering
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering