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Optimization of a Sandwiched Thermoelectric Device

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B. W. Swanson, E. V. Somers, R. R. Heikes

Mechanics Department, Westinghouse Research Laboratories, Pittsburgh, Pa.

J. Heat Transfer 83(1), 77-82 (Feb 01, 1961) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3680473 History: Received May 19, 1960

Abstract

An analysis is made for optimizing the thermal efficiency of a sandwiched thermoelectric device and is coded for a digital computer. For suitable input data, the computer determines the thermocouple design that approximately maximizes the thermal efficiency of the device. A verification of the analysis indicates that the difference between the approximately optimum efficiency and the optimum efficiency is negligible.

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