Temperature-entropy formulation of thermoelectric thermodynamic cycles

Hui Chua, K.C. Ng, X.C. Xuan, C. Yap, J.M. Gordon

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A temperature-entropy formulation is derived for thermoelectric devices. Thermoelectric chiller and generator cycles can then be cast in the same irreversible thermodynamics framework commonly applied to conventional large-scale cooling and power generation equipment, including a transparent identification of the principal energy flows and performance bottlenecks (dissipation). Distinct differences in chiller versus generator mode are highlighted and illustrated with data from commercial thermoelectric units.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number056111
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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