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Title: Measurement and simulation of thermoelectric efficiency for single leg

Thermoelectric efficiency measurements were carried out on n-type bismuth telluride legs with the hot-side temperature at 100 and 150°C. The electric power and heat flow were measured individually. Water coolant was utilized to maintain the cold-side temperature and to measure heat flow out of the cold side. Leg length and vacuum pressure were studied in terms of temperature difference across the leg, open-circuit voltage, internal resistance, and heat flow. Finite-element simulation on thermoelectric generation was performed in COMSOL Multiphysics, by inputting two-side temperatures and thermoelectric material properties. The open-circuit voltage and resistance were in good agreement between the measurement and simulation. Much larger heat flows were found in measurements, since they were comprised of conductive, convective, and radiative contributions. Parasitic heat flow was measured in the absence of bismuth telluride leg, and the conductive heat flow was then available. Finally, the maximum thermoelectric efficiency was derived in accordance with the electric power and the conductive heat flow.
Authors:
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  1. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Energy Technology Research Institute, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22392475
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Review of Scientific Instruments; Journal Volume: 86; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; BISMUTH; EFFICIENCY; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; ELECTRIC POWER; FINITE ELEMENT METHOD; HEAT FLUX; LENGTH; SIMULATION; TELLURIDES; THERMOELECTRIC MATERIALS