Multiphysics simulations of a thermoelectric generator

Li, W. et al. (2015) Multiphysics simulations of a thermoelectric generator. Energy Procedia, 75, pp. 633-638. (doi: 10.1016/j.egypro.2015.07.473)

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Transient multiphysics simulations are performed to investigate the thermal and electric performance of a thermoelectric generator (TEG) module placed between hot and cold blocks. Effects of heat radiation, thermal and electric contact on the TEG are examined and the simulated results are compared with experimental data. The predicted temperature difference across the TEG module and the electric voltage and power are in very good agreement with the experimental data. The radiation effect on the thermal and electric performance is negligible and the temperature at the interface of the TEG module substrates is predicted to be non-uniform. The peak temperatures are found in the both ends of the legs, and the maximum Joule heat is generated at the leg ends connected with the hot substrate.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Knox, Professor Andrew and Siviter, Dr Jonathan and Samarelli, Mr Antonio and Mullen, Mr Paul and Li, Dr Wenguang and Montecucco, Dr Andrea and Paul, Professor Douglas and Paul, Professor Manosh and Ferre Llin, Dr Lourdes and Gregory, Professor Duncan
Authors: Li, W., Paul, M. C., Montecucco, A., Knox, A. R., Siviter, J., Sellami, N., Meng, X.-l., Fernandez, E. F., Mallick, T. K., Mullen, P., Ashraf, A., Samarelli, A., Ferre Llin, L., Paul, D. J., Gregory, D. H., Gao, M., Sweet, T., Azough, F., Lowndes, R., and Freer, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Energy Procedia
Publisher:Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1876-6102
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Energy Procedia 75:633-638
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
614241Scalable Solar Thermoelectrics and Photovaltaics (SUNTRAP)Andrew KnoxEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/K022156/1ENG - ENGINEERING ELECTRONICS & NANO ENG