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The cooling performance of a thermoelectric (TE) couple is modeled from mathematical differential equations via finite-elements with the use of a digital computer. The finite-element model, which incorporates material property dependence on time and temperature, is presented. TE couple transient performance is investigated by applying an on-off current(More)
Thermoelectric cold plate coolers with fan-cooled heat sinks are sometimes used on bench tops in which the cold plate is facing upwards and is parallel with the bench top. The best performance from the cooler is usually achieved when the tubeaxial fan forces air over the heat sink perpendicular to the fin base. The airflow then splits into two streams to(More)
This paper is an introduction and theoretical investigation of the fast-transient cooling characteristics of a TE module under applied high-current electrical pulses. A temperature-dependent, finite element model was developed to accurately model the fast-transient performance. Analysis of experimental data is presented to verify the accuracy and validity(More)
  • P.G. Lau
  • Eighteenth International Conference on…
  • 1999
The transient test method used by TE Technology, Inc. requires a small temperature difference to be developed across a thermoelectric module in order to measure its figure-of-merit, Z. Correction factors associated with radiation, conduction, and convection must then be applied to the measurements in order to determine the actual Z of the N and P average of(More)
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