SPICE steady state modelling of thermoelectric generators involving the Thomson effect

Ian Laird, Dylan Lu

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Abstract

During operation thermoelectric generators (TEGs) are subject to the following thermal effects; Heat conduction according to Fourier's law, Joule heating, Peltier heating and Thomson heating. Many SPICE-based models exist for TEGs however in the vast majority of them the Thomson effect is neglected due to its relatively small size compared to the other effects, as well as the complexity that results from including the Thomson effect in the model. This paper seeks to present a model that governs the steady state performance of a TEG that includes the Thomson effect whilst limiting the complexity of the SPICE model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIECON 2011 - 37th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a meeting held 7-10 November 2011, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages1584-1589
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781612849720
ISBN (Print)9781612849690
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
Event37th Annual Conference on IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON) - Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 7 Nov 201110 Nov 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISSN (Print)1553-572X

Conference

Conference37th Annual Conference on IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON)
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period7/11/1110/11/11

Keywords

  • SPICE
  • Thermoelectric generator (TEG)
  • Thomson effect

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