Proof of concept and analytical modeling of solid state heat pump with phase change material based thermal storage for a modular radiant panel cooling system

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Pearce, Benjamin
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2016-05
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Mechanical engineering
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Recent advances in thermoelectric devices have reawakened curiosity about the commercial viability of radiant heating and cooling systems for the built environment using thermoelectric technology. Although the advances have not yet reached previously hypothesized thresholds for commercial viability, investigations into improving their performance are ongoing. One focus of this work is to develop a modular radiant cooling prototype for the built environment capable of competing with conventional HVAC systems based on assumed target metrics. The other focus is to develop a more accurate analytical model for thermoelectric operation based on fewer assumptions than the classical model in the hopes of improving the process of optimization of thermoelectric device design and operation. In addition, optimization analyses were conducted to optimize a thermoelectric device for a given heat flux.
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May 2016
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
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