Compressive creep behaviour of hot-pressed PbTe

C. C. Li, G. J. Snyder, D. C. Dunand*

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Creep deformation is of concern in PbTe thermoelectric modules operating for years at high homologous temperatures while being subjected to internal or external stresses. The creep strain rates of hot-pressed PbTe are measured at 400 °C; a power-law is found, with a stress exponent n = 1.7 at low stresses (2–7 MPa) and n = 4.4 at high stresses (7–35 MPa). Creep rates measured at low stresses (4–6 MPa) between 350 and 500 °C provide a creep activation energy Q = 181 ± 18 kJ/mol. The creep parameters and the good hot ductility of PbTe are compared to those for cast Bi2Te3 reported in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-74
Number of pages4
JournalScripta Materialia
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017


  • Compressive creep test
  • Creep
  • Hot-pressing
  • Thermoelectric materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys


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