1st Edition

CRC Handbook of Thermoelectrics

Edited By D.M. Rowe Copyright 1995

    Thermoelectrics is the science and technology associated with thermoelectric converters, that is, the generation of electrical power by the Seebeck effect and refrigeration by the Peltier effect. Thermoelectric generators are being used in increasing numbers to provide electrical power in medical, military, and deep space applications where combinations of their desirable properties outweigh their relatively high cost and low generating efficiency. In recent years there also has been an increase in the requirement for thermoelectric coolers (Peltier devices) for use in infrared detectors and in optical communications. Information on thermoelectrics is not readily available as it is widely scattered throughout the literature. The Handbook centralizes this information in a convenient format under a single cover.
    Sixty of the world's foremost authorities on thermoelectrics have contributed to this Handbook. It is comprised of fifty-five chapters, a number of which contain previously unpublished material. The contents are arranged in eight sections: general principles and theoretical considerations, material preparation, measurement of thermoelectric properties, thermoelectric materials, thermoelectric generation, generator applications, thermoelectric refrigeration, and applications of thermoelectric cooling.
    The CRC Handbook of Thermoelectrics has a broad-based scope. It will interest researchers, technologists, and manufacturers, as well as students and the well-informed, non-specialist reader.

    Introduction, D.M. Rowe
    General Principles and Theoretical Considerations
    Thermoelectric Phenomena, D.D. Pollock
    Coversion Efficiency and Figure-of-Merit, H.J. Goldsmid
    Thermoelectric Transport Theory, C.M. Bhandari
    Optimization of Carrier Concentration, C.M. Bhandari and D.M. Rowe
    Minimizing the Thermal Conductivity, C.M. Bhandari
    Selective Carrier Scattering in Thermoelectric Materials, Y.I. Ravich
    Thermomagnetic Phenomena, H.J. Goldsmid
    Material Preparation
    Preparation of Thermoelectric Materials from Melts, A. Borshchevsky
    Powder Metallurgy Techniques, A.N. Scoville
    PIES Method of Preparing Bismuth Alloys, T. Ohta and T. Kajikawa
    Preparation of Thermoelectric Materials by Mechanical Alloying, B.A. Cook, J.L. Harringa, and S.H. Han
    Preparation of Thermoelectric Films, K. Matsubara, T. Koyanagi, K. Nagao, and K. Kishimoto
    Measurement of Thermoelectric Properties
    Calculation of Peltier Device Performance, R.J. Buist
    Measurements of Electrical Properties, I.A. Nishida
    Measurement of Thermal Properties, R. Taylor
    Z-Meters, H.H. Woodbury, L.M. Levinson, and S. Lewandowski
    Methodology for Testing Thermoelectric Materials and Devices, R.J. Buist
    Thermoelectric Materials
    Bismuth Telluride, Antimony Telluride, and Their Solid Solutions, H. Scherrer and S. Scherrer
    Valence Band Structure and the Thermoelectric Figure-of-Merit of (Bi1-xSbx)Te3 Crystals, M. Stordeur
    Lead Telluride and Its Alloys, V. Fano
    Properties of the General Tags System, E.A. Skrabek and D.S. Trimmer
    Thermoelectric Properties of Silicides, C.B. Vining
    Polycrystalline Iron Disilicide as a Thermoelectric Generator Material, U. Birkholz, E. Gross, and U. Stohrer
    Thermoelectric Properties of Anisotropic MnSi1.75 , V.K. Zaitsev
    Low Carrier Mobility Materials for Thermoelectric Applications, V.K. Zaitsev, S.A. Ktitorov, and M.I. Federov
    Semimetals as Materials for Thermoelectric Generators, M.I. Fedorov and V.K. Zaitsev
    Silicon Germanium, C.B. Vining
    Rare Earth Compounds, B.J. Beaudry and K.A. Gschneidner, Jr.
    Thermoelectric Properties of High-Temperature Superconductors, M. Cassart and J.-P. Issi
    Boron Carbides, T.L. Aselage and D. Emin
    Thermoelectric Properties of Metallic Materials, A.T. Burkov and M.V. Vedernikov
    Neutron Irradiation Damage in SiGe Alloys, J.W. Vandersande
    New Materials and Performance Limits for Thermoelectric Cooling, G.A. Slack
    Thermoelectric Generation
    Miniature Semiconductor Thermoelectric Devices, D.M. Rowe
    Commercially Available Generators, A.G. McNaughton
    Modular RTG Technology, R.F. Hartman
    Peltier Devices as Generators, G. Min and D.M. Rowe
    Calculations of Generator Performance, M.H. Cobble
    Generator Applications
    Terrestrial Applications of Thermoelectric Generators, W.C. Hall
    Space Applications, G.L. Bennett
    SP-100 Space Subsystems, J.F. Mondt
    Safety Aspects of Thermoelectrics in Space, G.L. Bennett
    Low-Temperature Heat Conversion, K. Matsuura and D.M. Rowe
    Thermoelectric Refrigeration
    Introduction, H.J. Goldsmid
    Module Design and Fabrication, R. Marlow and E. Burke
    Cooling Thermoelements with Superconducting Leg, M.V. Vedernikov and V.L. Kuznetsov
    Applications of Thermoelectric Cooling
    Introduction, H.J. Goldsmid
    Commercial Peltier Modules, K.-I. Uemura
    Thermoelectrically Cooled Radiation Detectors, L.I. Anatychuk
    Reliability of Peltier Coolers in Fiber-Optic Laser Packages, R.M. Redstall and R. Studd
    Laboratory Equipment, K.-I. Uemura
    Large-Scale Cooling: Integrated Thermoelectric Element Technology, J.G. Stockholm
    Medium-Scale Cooling: Thermoelectric Module Technology, J.G. Stockholm
    Modeling of Thermoelectric Cooling Systems, J.G. Stockholm


    Rowe, D.M.