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CRC Handbook of Thermoelectrics

1st Edition

Edited by D.M. Rowe

CRC Press

720 pages

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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 It is comprised of fifty-five chapters, a number of which contain previously unpublished material.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.

Table of Contents

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

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TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General