Modeling of a smart heat pump made of laminated thermoelectric and electrocaloric materials

Dudong Feng, Shi Chune Yao, Tian Zhang, Qiming Zhang

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    In this study, a smart heat pump, which could be used for the cooling of electronics, made of laminated structure of thermoelectric (TE) and electrocaloric (EC) materials, is studied. A simple arrangement of two TE layers sandwiched with one EC layer is modeled. This smart heat pump utilized the newly developed EC materials of giant adiabatic temperature change and the TE materials of high figure of merit. The system has the advantages of no moving parts, made of solid state, operable over large working temperature difference, and can be formed into very small size. The operation of the device is numerically modeled considering the three major parametric effects: EC operation as a function of time, electric current applied on TE, and temperature difference between the hot and cold sinks. The results on coefficient of performance (COP) and heat flow per unit area are discussed. This study is performed as an early attempt of analyzing the basic physical features of TE-EC-TE laminated structure heat pump and extends the understanding by further discussing the tradeoff between lower COP and larger overall temperature difference coverage in the TE/EC hybrid heat pump system with multilaminated structure.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number041004
    JournalJournal of Electronic Packaging, Transactions of the ASME
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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