Entropy Production and Thermoelectric Device Performance

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E. F. Thacher

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y. 13676

J. Heat Transfer 106(4), 881-885 (Nov 01, 1984) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3246768 History: Received September 08, 1983; Online October 20, 2009


Integral forms for the thermal efficiency of thermoelectric generators, the coefficient of performance of thermoelectric refrigerators, and the coefficient of performance of thermoelectric heat pumps are derived. These forms are obtained for the isotropic material, nonsteady-state, nonadiabatic leg surface case. An example of the use of these forms is given.

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