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Effects of Fluid Directions on Heat Exchange in Thermoelectric Generators

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Title: Effects of Fluid Directions on Heat Exchange in Thermoelectric Generators
Authors: Suzuki, Ryosuke O. Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Sasaki, Yuto Browse this author
Fujisaka, Takeyuki Browse this author
Chen, Min Browse this author
Keywords: Thermal fluid
TE power generation
numerical simulation
TE panel
Issue Date: Jun-2012
Publisher: Springer Boston
Journal Title: Journal of Electronic Materials
Volume: 41
Issue: 6
Start Page: 1766
End Page: 1770
Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s11664-012-2074-x
Abstract: Thermal fluids can transport the heat to a wide surface of the thermoelectric (TE) panel from the hot and/or cold sources. The obtainable TE power was precisely evaluated using the numerical calculation based on the fluid dynamics and heat transfer. The commercial software FLUENT was coupled with the TE model for this purpose. The fluid velocity distribution and the temperature profiles both in the fluids and TE modules were calculated in the two-dimensional space. The electromotive force was then evaluated for the counter flow and the split flow models to show the effect of stagnation point. The friction along the fluid surface in a long flat path was larger than that in the short path split into two parts. The power circulating the fluids into the flow path is not so small to be neglected, and this pumping power should be considered to design the TE generation system.
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