The effects of couple layout on thermoelectric generator performance
Climate Change Science: Causes, Effects and Solutions for Global Warming
ANSYS Workbench, Heat recovery technology, TEG, Thermoelectric effect
A solid-state thermoelectric generator (TEG) can be impelled by heat flow to generate power. The device has been applied in heat recovery, with sources ranging from hot liquids to exhaust gases. In this paper, a TEG module involving 199 pairs of couples (PN junctions) was modeled by ANSYS Workbench. After being validated using experimental results from the literature, the model was used to analyze the effect of couple layouts on TEG performance. Four configurations of couple layouts were considered. It was found that these couple layouts influence the TEG’s open circuit voltage and current; however, the effects on its output power and efficiency are limited.
Wang, Xi; Henshaw, Paul; and Ting, David S.K.. (2021). The effects of couple layout on thermoelectric generator performance. Climate Change Science: Causes, Effects and Solutions for Global Warming, 125-142.