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Thermoelectric system performance optimization and cost analysis


In this simulation tool, a thermoelectric power generator is optimized together with the heat source and heat sinks for maximum power output and system cost. Full electrical and thermal co-optimization is performed with given material properties, and dimensions to find the optimal thickness of the thermoelectric elements. One can choose a material property such as Seebeck coefficient and thermal conductivity as an independent variable to optimize the performance of the power generator as a function of the chosen material property. Heat transfer coefficients of the heat sinks at the hot and cold sides can also be varied as an independent variable. Please click the link below to run the simulator:


Contact Information

Prof. Ali Shakouri

Birck Nanotechnology Center
1205 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2057

Phone: 765-496-6105
Fax: 765-496-8383
E-Mail: shakouri@purdue.edu