Design and optimization of compatible, segmented thermoelectric generators

G. J. Snyder*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The thermoelectric compatibility factor is used to rationally select materials for a segmented thermoelectric generator. The thermoelectric potential is used for the exact analytic expressions for materials with temperature dependent thermoelectric properties. This calculation does not assume constant or averaged thermoelectric properties as is often done for analytic results. The calculations use the relative current density as the intensive independent variable. A method of optimizing the system configuration is outlined that allows a separation of the system level and thermoelectric level with only three interface parameters: thermoelectric hot side temperature, cold side temperature and the heat flux. The calculation of performance under non-optimal conditions is described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings ICT 2003 - 22nd International Conference on Thermoelectrics
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)078038301X
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Event22nd International Conference on Thermoelectrics, ICT 2003 - La Grande Motte, France
Duration: Aug 17 2003Aug 21 2003

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Thermoelectrics, ICT, Proceedings


Other22nd International Conference on Thermoelectrics, ICT 2003
CityLa Grande Motte


  • Conducting materials
  • Current density
  • Design optimization
  • Differential equations
  • Laboratories
  • Material properties
  • Propulsion
  • Temperature
  • Thermal conductivity
  • Thermoelectricity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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