User-friendly and intuitive graphical approach to the design of thermoelectric cooling systems

Simon Lineykin, Sam Ben-Yaakov

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Abstract

This study proposes a user-friendly graphical method for calculating the steady-state operational point of a thermoelectric cooler (TEC)-based active cooling system, including the heatsink role. The method is simple and intuitive and provides comprehensive information about the cooling system such as its feasibility, required heatsink, the TEC current, temperatures of the cold and hot sides, and coefficient of performance (COP). The method could help designers to examine and choose a thermoelectric module from catalogues to meet a specific cooling problem. To start using the method, designers need only the experimental TEC data provided by practically all manufacturers of such devices. The experimental results of this study verify the high accuracy of the proposed model and graphical approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)798-804
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Refrigeration
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COP
  • Calculation
  • Design
  • Performance
  • Process
  • Thermoelectricity

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