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Analytical and numerical parameter extraction for compact modeling of thermoelectric coolers

Chen, Min and Snyder, G. Jeffrey (2013) Analytical and numerical parameter extraction for compact modeling of thermoelectric coolers. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 60 . pp. 689-699. ISSN 0017-9310. doi:10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2013.01.020.

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The 3D compact model of a thermoelectric cooler in the CFD approach is an essential technique for computationally realistic design of many industrial thermal management applications. The first objective of this paper is to develop a "black box"-like model for thermoelectric coolers as well as a method to formulate the effective material properties for the compact model based on the manufactures’ datasheets. Second, a highly detailed and physical thermoelectric cooler model is implemented to carry out virtual experiments when the cooler datasheet is not available. A number of close comparisons validate that the compact model and parameter extraction are accurate enough, and the computation time and size are significantly lower than the physical model. The compact model is also demonstrated to be helpful in evaluating the thermal system components such as an air-cooled heat sink, so that the system-level thermal management optimization is possible without complex, multi-scale computation.

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Additional Information:© 2013 Elsevier Ltd. Received 22 July 2012; Received in revised form 3 December 2012; Accepted 9 January 2013; Available online 14 February 2013. We thank AFOSR MURI FA9550-10-1-0533, and NASA-JPL for support. Min Chen is also supported by DFF FTP 09-069739 and AAU Kompetencefonden in connection with his research stay at Caltech.
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Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)FA9550-10-1-0533
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Subject Keywords:Thermoelectric cooler; Peltier effect; Compact modeling; Thermal management; CFD
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Official Citation:Min Chen, G. Jeffrey Snyder, Analytical and numerical parameter extraction for compact modeling of thermoelectric coolers, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Volume 60, May 2013, Pages 689-699, ISSN 0017-9310, 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2013.01.020.
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