Conference Dates

June 22-27, 2014


The Effective Thermal Conductivity (ETC) of open-cell porous foams can be predicted from the detailed numerical simulation, considering the complex foam structure obtained from three-dimensional (3D) Computed Tomography (CT)-scan images. An alternative approach could be to consider simplified models for a quick and accurate estimation of the ETC. A model for ETC of open-cell porous foams, using such a simplified approach, has been proposed recently which relies upon a single numerical prediction of the dimensionless ETC under vacuum condition, evaluated using the detailed foam structure obtained from 3D CT-scan information. This model is applied in the present study in order to analyze the influence of different parameters, namely the microscopic porosity within the bulk solid material and the direction of heat transfer, on the ETC of open-cell ceramic foams. The present investigation demonstrates that the considered simplified modeling approach offers reasonable accuracy with reduced computational effort for the sensitivity analysis of ETC to different parameters.