Thermal transport in a new class of nanocomposites composed of isotropic 2D ensembles of nanotubes or nanowires in a substrate is considered for use as the channel region of thin film transistors. The random ensemble is generated numerically and simulated using a finite volume scheme. The effective thermal conductivity of a nanotube network embedded in a thin substrate is computed. Percolating conduction in the composite is studied as a function of wire/tube densities and channel lengths. The conductance exponents are validated against available experimental data for long channels devices. The effect of tube-tube contact conductance, tube-substrate contact conductance and substrate-tube conductivity ratio is analyzed for various channel lengths. It is found that beyond a certain limiting value, contact parameters do not result in any significant change in the effective thermal conductivity of the composite. It is also observed that the effective thermal conductivity of the composite saturates beyond a limiting channel-length/tube length ratio for the range of contact parameters under consideration.
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Thermal Transport in Nanotube Composites for Large-Area Macroelectronics
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Kumar, S, Alam, MA, & Murthy, JY. "Thermal Transport in Nanotube Composites for Large-Area Macroelectronics." Proceedings of the ASME 2005 Summer Heat Transfer Conference collocated with the ASME 2005 Pacific Rim Technical Conference and Exhibition on Integration and Packaging of MEMS, NEMS, and Electronic Systems. Heat Transfer: Volume 3. San Francisco, California, USA. July 17–22, 2005. pp. 919-927. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/HT2005-72172
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