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Development of miniature personal thermoelectric generator

Brink, Riaan (2004) Development of miniature personal thermoelectric generator. Master of Engineering thesis, Dublin City University.

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This paper outlines research toward the degree of Masters in Engineering (M.Eng) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Dublin City University. The thesis focuses on experimental and analytical investigations on the dynamics of thermocouples and thermopiles reaction to low temperature (less than 400°C or waste heat) for the feasibility and purpose of generating electricity. Thermocouples generate unique voltages at relative set temperatures. It is with this voltage that the development applications of conductive heat flow and radiation in waste heat electro generation for miniature personal thermoelectric generation is considered. The process involves a thermal heat source (the body) extracting the necessary power between the temperature differences into electrical power. Both passive and active properties of this thermal generator are investigated by measuring the mechanical and electrical properties of the couples and piles and the electro motive force produced during this electrogeneration process. The thesis work consists of the design, construction, processing and analyzing to understand the process and characterization of the device for application.

Item Type:Thesis (Master of Engineering)
Date of Award:2004
Refereed:No
Supervisor(s):Hashmi, Saleem and Szesi, Tamas
Uncontrolled Keywords:thermocouples; thermopiles; electricity generation; electro-motive force
Subjects:Engineering > Mechanical engineering
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:17403
Deposited On:31 Oct 2012 14:26 by Fran Callaghan. Last Modified 31 Oct 2012 14:26

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