A chip scale electrocaloric effect based cooling device

Haiming Gu, Xiaoshi Qian, Xinyu Li, Brent Craven, Wenyi Zhu, Ailan Cheng, S. C. Yao, Q. M. Zhang

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    The recent finding of large electrocaloric effect in several ferroelectric polymers creates unique opportunity for developing compact size solid state cooling cycles beyond the traditional mechanical vapor compression cycles. Here, we show that, by employing regeneration process with solid state regenerators, a chip scale Electrocaloric Oscillatory Refrigeration (ECOR) can be realized. A prototype ECOR is fabricated and characterized. More than 6 K temperature span is obtained near room temperature between the hot and cold sides of a 2 cm long device. Finite volume simulation validates the test results and shows the potential high performance of the ECOR.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number122904
    JournalApplied Physics Letters
    Issue number12
    StatePublished - Mar 25 2013

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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