Submission Title

Thermoelectrics and Thermoelectric Devices

Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Subject Area

Physics/Applied Physics

Description

Thermoelectrics revolve around two ideas, moving heat with electricity and generating electricity with a heat flux. The Peltier and Seebeck effects are both fast-acting control mechanisms that require no moving parts. No moving parts makes these devices durable and last a long time without significant operational costs. However, these devices have low efficiencies, and understanding what governs the efficiency of these devices is a key topic in thermoelectric research. Here a common Peltier module was tested to compare and analyze the efficiency of both Peltier and Seebeck effects.

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Thermoelectrics and Thermoelectric Devices

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Thermoelectrics revolve around two ideas, moving heat with electricity and generating electricity with a heat flux. The Peltier and Seebeck effects are both fast-acting control mechanisms that require no moving parts. No moving parts makes these devices durable and last a long time without significant operational costs. However, these devices have low efficiencies, and understanding what governs the efficiency of these devices is a key topic in thermoelectric research. Here a common Peltier module was tested to compare and analyze the efficiency of both Peltier and Seebeck effects.