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numerical analysis, manybody problem, thermal conductivity, composite materials, circular configuration, cylinders, suspensions, randomness


Chemical Engineering


A numerical method is developed that takes into account the many particle interactions in a rigorous manner to determine the effective thermal conductivity of Km of a composite medium consisting of parallel circular cylinders of thermal conductivity ak suspended in a matrix of conductivity k. Numerical results for Km are presented for a wide rane of a and o, the area fraction of the cylinders, after averaging over several computer-generated random arrays of cylinders. The results obtained via this exact method are compared with those of various approximate analystical methods to assess their utility in predicting Km.

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