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This is authors own version of the article printed in the Journal of Applied Physics,VOLUME 93, NUMBER 5,, Page 2663 - 2670,1 MARCH 2003, © 2003 American Institute of Physics. DOI: 10.1063/1.1541106. Publisher version can be viewed at Journal of Applied Physics home page


Several theories have been advanced to estimate effective thermal conductivities of particulate mixtures, but most theories have focused on the dilute case. A method is proposed to estimate the effective thermal conductivity coefficient of mixtures of arbitrary concentration. Earlier the authors developed a theory to determine the expected contact area between different species. This theory is employed to determine the Kapitza resistance of the heterogeneous mixture and forms part of an overall theory to estimate the effective thermal conductivity. Results are compared with other theoretical estimates and with experiments.