An Introduction To Thermoelectric cooling module

An Introduction To Thermoelectric cooling module 


    Thermoelectric technology is an active thermal management technique based on the Peltier  effect. It was discovered by J.C.A Peltier in 1834, this phenomenon involves the heating or cooling of the junction of two thermoelectric materials(bismuth and telluride) by passing current through the junction. During operation, direct current flows through the TEC module causing heat to be transfered from one side to the other. Creating a cold and hot side. If the direction of the current is reversed, the cold and hot sides are changed. Its cooling power also can be adjusted by changing its operating current. A typical single stage cooler (Figure. 1) consists of two ceramic plates with p and n-type semiconductor material (bismuth ,telluride) between the ceramic plates. The elements of semiconductor material are connected electrically in series and thermally in parallel.

   Thermoelectric cooling module,Peltier device,TEC modules can be considered as a type of solid-state thermal energy pump, and due to its actual weight, size and the rate of reaction, it is very suitable to be used as part of the inbuilt cooling systems (due to limitation of space). With advantages such as quiet operation, shatter proof, shock resistance, longer useful life and easy maintenance, modern thermoelectric cooling module,peltier device,TEC modules have a wide range application in the fields of military equipments, aviation, aerospace, medical treatment, epidemic prevention, experimental apparatus, consumer products (water cooler, car cooler, hotel refrigerator, wine cooler, personal mini cooler, cool & heat sleep pad, etc).

Today, because of its low weight, small size or capacity and low cost, thermoelectric cooling is widely used in medical, pharmaceutical equiment, aviation, aerospace, military, spectrocopy systems, and commercial products(such as hot& cold water dispenser, portable refrigerators, carcooler and so on)



Operating Current to the TEC module (in Amps)


Operating Current that make the maximum temperature difference △Tmax (in Amps)


Amount of heat that can be absorbed at the cold side face of the TEC (in Watts)


Maximum amount of heat that can be absorbed at the cold side. This occurrs at I = Imax and when Delta T = 0. (in Watts)


Temperature of the hot side face when the TEC module operatiing (in °C)


Temperature of the cold side face when the TEC module operating (in °C)


Difference in temperature between the hot side (Th) and the cold side (Tc). Delta T = Th-Tc (in °C)


Maximum difference in temperature a TEC module can achieve between the hot side (Th) and the cold side (Tc). This occurrs (Maximum cooling capacity) at I = Imax and Qc = 0. (in °C)


Voltage supply at I = Imax (in Volts)


TEC module cooling efficiency ( %)


Seebeck coefficient of thermoelectric material (V/°C)


Electrical coefficient of thermoelectric material (1/cm·ohm)


Thermo conductivity of thermoelectric material (W/CM·°C)


Number of thermoelectric element


Current attached when the hot side and old side temperature of TEC module is a specified value and it required getting the Maximum efficiency (in Amps)

Introduction of application Formulae to TEC module

Qc = 2N[α(Tc+ 273)-L I²/2σS-κs/Lx(T- T) ]

△T= [ Iα(Tc+ 273)-L I/²2σS] / (κS/L + I α]

U = 2 N [ I L /σS +α(T- T)]

ε = Qc /U I

Q= Qc + I U

△Tmax = T+ 273 + κ/σα² x [ 1-√2σα²/κx (Th+ 273) + 1]

Imax =κS/ Lαx [√2σα²/κx (Th+ 273) + 1-1]

Iεmax = ασS (T- T) / L (√1+0.5σα²(546+ T- Tc) / κ-1)

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