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Many individual have proudly influenced us during our Studies

(B.TECH)

at

PUNJAB

COLLEGE

OF

ENGINEERING

&

TECHNOLOGY, Lalru-Mandi, Mohali, Punjab. And it is pleasure to


acknowledge their guidance and support. At PCET, we learned
many things like the project training is mainly aimed at enabling
the student to apply their theoretical knowledge to practical as
"The theory is to know how and practical is to do how" and to
appreciate the limitation of knowledge gained in the class room to
practical situation and to appreciate the importance of discipline,
punctuality, team work, sense of responsibility, money, value of
time, dignity of labour.
We would will like to express my gratitude towards Er.GURMEET
SIR who took keen interest in our project, who helped me in every
possible way and is source of inspiration for all the group
members.
I would also like to thanks Dr. Beant Singh (HOD), Mechanical
Engineering who motivated us to complete our project with
enthusiasm and hard work.

THANK YOU

ABSTACT

The purpose of our project is to use this electricity or DC voltage generated from a battery source
or a solar panel, to directly convert the DC voltage applied on the Thermoelectric refrigerator
into refrigeration effect on the other side based on peltier effect and Thermo Electric Cooling.
This kind of thermoelectric refrigerators are one of the latest advancements in modern world and
its maximum applications are in transporting small elements/ medicines from one place to
another. The main principle of operation of our Thermoelectric Refrigerator is to produce a
positive and negative temperature effects on its either junctions by supplying an electrical supply
voltage to it and with extra heat available on the plate through solar heat to generate a cooling
effect on the other side. This refrigerator has an added advantage over existing cooling devices
and refrigerants that it is a very fast device; it could produce a cooling effect of upto -8 .C in 1-2
seconds. Also, this solar refrigerator is also applicable as one of the best heat sinks for
microprocessors of CPUs and other electrical devices. In industries, thermoelectric Refrigerators
are used for the storage of medicines and solar based cooling devices. Also, complete material
required for air and water cooling devices are very large in amount including the tubes and
containers used for carrying the water as a coolant and its circulation inside the coolers. The use
of highly effective, solar energy efficient and compact peltier plate based thermoelectric
Refrigerator working on thermo-electric effect has been presented as an advantage over older
techniques of cooling.

INTRODUCTION
1. AIM
Aim of our project is to design a Thermoelectric Refrigerator that could generate a cooling effect
on one side and heat sinking on other side with DC voltage as input. The complete
Thermoelectric Refrigerator would be based on Peltier Effect.
The purpose of our project is to use this electricity to directly convert voltage applied on one side
of the surface of our Thermo electric element into refrigeration effect on the other side based on
peltier effect and Thermo Electric Cooling.
2. INTRODUCTION
Thermoelectric refrigerators are one of the latest advancements in modern world and its
maximum applications are in transporting small elements/ medicines from one place to another
where a only solar light is available to us and this solar heat is used to generate enhanced cooling
effect on the other side of the thermo-electric element. The main principle of operation of our
Solar Refrigerator is to produce a positive and negative temperature effects on its either junctions
by supplying an electrical supply voltage to it and with extra heat available on the plate through
solar heat to generate a cooling effect on the other side.
In industries, thermoelectric Refrigerators are used for the storage of medicines and solar based
cooling devices. The thermoelectric effect is the direct conversion of temperature differences to
electric voltage and vice-versa. A thermoelectric device creates a voltage when there is a
different temperature on each side. Conversely, when a voltage is applied to it, it creates a
temperature difference. At the atomic scale, an applied temperature gradient causes charge
carriers in the material to diffuse from the hot side to the cold side, similar to a classical gas that
expands when heated; hence inducing a thermal current.
This technology is far less commonly applied to refrigeration than vapor-compression
refrigeration is. The main advantages of a thermo electric cooler (compared to a vaporcompression refrigerator) are its lack of moving parts or circulating liquid, and its small size and

flexible shape (form factor). Its main disadvantage is that it cannot simultaneously have low cost
and high power efficiency. Many researchers and companies are trying to develop thermo electic
coolers that are both cheap and efficient.
A thermo electric cooler can also be used as a thermoelectric generator. When operated as a
cooler, a voltage is applied across the device, and as a result, a difference in temperature will
build up between the two sides. When operated as a generator, one side of the device is heated to
a temperature greater than the other side, and as a result, a difference in voltage will build up
between the two sides (the Seebeck effect). However, a well-designed thermo electric cooler will
be a mediocre thermoelectric generator and vice-versa, due to different design and packaging
requirements.

3. PERFORMANCE OF THERMOELECTRIC ELEMENTS


Thermoelectric

junctions

are

generally

only

around

510%

as

efficient

as

the

ideal refrigerator (Carnot cycle), compared with 4060% achieved by conventional compression
cycle systems (reverse Rankine systems using compression/expansion). Due to the relatively low
efficiency, thermoelectric cooling is generally only used in environments where the solid state
nature (no moving parts, maintenance-free, compact size) outweighs pure efficiency.
thermoelectric cooler performance is a function of ambient temperature, hot and cold side heat
exchanger (heat sink) performance, thermal load, thermo electric module (thermopile) geometry,
and thermo electric electrical parameters.

Figure 2: Thermo electric element schematic. Thermoelectric legs are thermally in parallel and
electrically in series

Construction
TERs are constructed using two dissimilar semi-conductors, one n-type and the other p-type
(they must be different because they need to have different electron densities in order for the
effect to work). The two semiconductors are positioned thermally in parallel and joined at one
end by a conducting cooling plate (typically of copper or aluminum). A voltage is applied to the
free ends of two different conducting materials, resulting in a flow of electricity through the two
semiconductors in series. The flow of DC current across the junction of the two semi-conductors
creates a temperature difference. As a result of the temperature difference, Peltier cooling causes
heat to be absorbed from the vicinity of the cooling plate, and to move to the other (heat sink)
end of the device.
A typical TEC inner view and actual picture is shown below:

TEC inner view


The heat is carried through the cooler by electron transport and released on the opposite ("hot")
side as the electrons move from a high to low energy state. When the two materials are
connected to each other by an electrical conductor, a new equilibrium of free electrons is
established. Potential migration creates an electrical field across each of the connections. When
current is subsequently forced through the unit, the attempt to maintain the new equilibrium
causes the electrons at one connection to absorb energy, while those at the other connection
release energy. In practice many TEC pairs (or couples), such as described above, are connected
side-by-side, and sandwiched between two ceramic plates, in a single TEC unit.

Figure 2: Working of a TEC


The heat pumping capacity of a cooler is proportional to the current and the number of pairs in
the unit.

ADVANTAGES OVER EXISTING COOLING TECHNIQUES


Air Cooling, Oil Cooling, Water Cooling, etc. are some of the techniques that have been
implemented in commercial transformers for reducing the heating losses and increasing the
transformer efficiency and life. Due to some of the disadvantages of such coolants like slow
effects, bulky material requirement, large space coverage and cost, thermoelectric effect cooling
can be devised and used for the same. This fundamental difference gives solid-state
thermoelectric coolers the following advantages over compressors:

No moving parts. Therefore they require little or no maintenance. Ideal for cooling parts
that may be sensitive to mechanical vibration.

No refrigerants, such as potentially harmful CFCs. Therefore environmental and safety


benefits.

Enables reduced, low-noise operation of cooling fans, while providing greater cooling
power.

Suitable for manufacture in very small sizes. Therefore ideal for microelectronics.

Lightweight.

Long life. Exceeds 100,000 hrs MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures).

Controllable (by voltage / current).

Small size.

Fast, dynamic response.

Enhanced ration between heat sink and target element.

Can provide cooling below ambient temperature.

APPLICATIONS OF THERMO ELECTRIC BASED COOLING


TECHNIQUE
Numerous applications on refrigeration and cooling can be mentioned on this latest technique.
Some of practical implementation of the same has been mentioned below:
1. Thermo-electric coolers

2. Increasing efficiency of various electrical devices by efficient heat sinking


3. Solar Based Refrigerators Design
4. Thermoelectric AC
5. Waste Heat Utilization System Design for Refrigeration
6. For Cooling Car Seats
7. For Cool Satellites And Space Craft
8. For Making Humidifiers
9. For Laser Cooling
10. Car Batteries

HEAT SINK & THERMAL PASTE:In electronic systems, a heat sink is a passive component that cools a device by dissipating heat
into the surrounding air. Heat sinks are used to cool electronic components such as high-power
semiconductor devices, and optoelectronic devices such as higher-power lasers and light emitting
diodes (LEDs). Heat sinks are heat exchangers such as those used in refrigeration and air
conditioning systems, or the radiator in an automobile.
A heat sink is designed to increase the surface area in contact with the cooling fluid surrounding
it, such as the air. Approach air velocity, choice of material, fin (or other protrusion) design and
surface treatment are some of the factors which affect the thermal performance of a heat sink.
Heat sinks are used to cool computer central processing units or graphics processors. Heat sink
attachment methods and thermal interface materials also affect the eventual die temperature of
the integrated circuit. Thermal adhesive or thermal grease fills the air gap between the heat sink
and device to improve its thermal performance. Theoretical, experimental and numerical
methods can be used to determine a heat sink's thermal performance.
Basic heat sink heat transfer principle
A heat sink is an object that transfers thermal energy from a higher temperature to a lower
temperature fluid medium. The fluid medium is frequently air, but can also be water or in the

case of heat exchangers, refrigerants and oil. If the fluid medium is water, the 'heat sink' is
frequently called a cold plate. In thermodynamics a heat sink is a heat reservoir that can absorb
an arbitrary amount of heat without significantly changing temperature. Practical heat sinks for
electronic devices must have a temperature higher than the surroundings to transfer heat by
convection, radiation, and conduction.
To understand the principle of a heat sink, consider Fourier's law of heat conduction. Fourier's
law of heat conduction, simplified to a one-dimensional form in the x-direction, shows that when
there is a temperature gradient in a body, heat will be transferred from the higher temperature
region to the lower temperature region. The rate at which heat is transferred by conduction,

, is

proportional to the product of the temperature gradient and the cross-sectional area through
which heat is transferred.

Design factors which influence the thermal performance of a heat sink:-

Thermal resistance
For semiconductor devices used in a variety of consumer and industrial electronics, the idea
of thermal resistance simplifies the selection of heat sinks. The heat flow between the
semiconductor die and ambient air is modeled as a series of resistances to heat flow; there is a
resistance from the die to the device case, from the case to the heat sink, and from the heat sink
to the ambient. The sum of these resistances is the total thermal resistance from the die to the
ambient. Thermal resistance is defined as temperature rise per unit of power, analogous to
electrical resistance, and is expressed in units of degrees Celsius per watt (C/W). If the device
dissipation in watts is known, and the total thermal resistance is calculated, the temperature rise
of the die over ambient can be calculated.
The idea of thermal resistance of a semiconductor heat sink is an approximation. It does not take
into account non-uniform distribution of heat over a device or heat sink. It only models a system
in thermal equilibrium, and does not take into account the change in temperatures with time. Nor

does it reflect the non-linearity of radiation and convection with respect to temperature rise.
However, manufacturers tabulate typical values of thermal resistance for heat sinks and
semiconductor devices, which allows selection of commercially manufactured heat sinks to be
simplified.
The most common heat sink materials are aluminium alloys Aluminium alloy 1050A has one of
the higher thermal conductivity values at 229 W/m K but is mechanically soft. Aluminium
alloys 6061 and 6063 are commonly used, with thermal conductivity values of 166 and 201
W/m K, respectively. The values depend on the temper of the alloy.
Copper has around twice the conductivity of aluminum , but is three times as dense and,
depending on the market, around four to six times more expensive than aluminium . Aluminium
can be extruded, but copper cannot. Copper heat sinks are machined and skived. Another method
of manufacture is to solder the fins into the heat sink base.
Diamond is another heat sink material, and its thermal conductivity of 2000 W/m K exceeds
copper five-fold] In contrast to metals, where heat is conducted by delocalized electrons, lattice
vibrations are responsible for diamond's very high thermal conductivity. For thermal
management applications, the outstanding thermal conductivity and diffusivity of diamond is an
essential. Nowadays synthetic diamond is used as sub mounts for high-power integrated circuits
and laser diodes.

Fin efficiency
Fin efficiency is one of the parameters which makes a higher thermal conductivity material
important. A fin of a heat sink may be considered to be a flat plate with heat flowing in one end
and being dissipated into the surrounding fluid as it travels to the other. As heat flows through
the fin, the combination of the thermal resistance of the heat sink impeding the flow and the heat
lost due to convection, the temperature of the fin and, therefore, the heat transfer to the fluid, will
decrease from the base to the end of the fin. Fin efficiency is defined as the actual heat
transferred by the fin, divided by the heat transfer were the fin to be isothermal (hypothetically
the fin having infinite thermal conductivity). Equations 6 and 7 are applicable for straight fins.

Fin efficiency is increased by decreasing the fin aspect ratio (making them thicker or shorter), or
by using more conductive material (copper instead of aluminum, for example).
Another parameter that concerns the thermal conductivity of the heat sink material is spreading
resistance. Spreading resistance occurs when thermal energy is transferred from a small area to a
larger area in a substance with finite thermal conductivity. In a heat sink, this means that heat
does not distribute uniformly through the heat sink base. The spreading resistance phenomenon
is shown by how the heat travels from the heat source location and causes a large temperature
gradient between the heat source and the edges of the heat sink. This means that some fins are at
a lower temperature than if the heat source were uniform across the base of the heat sink. This
non uniformity increases the heat sink's effective thermal resistance.
To decrease the spreading resistance in the base of a heat sink:
Increase the base thickness
Choose a different material with better thermal conductivity
Use a vapor chamber or heat pipe in the heat sink base.

A pin-, straight- and flared fin heat sink types


A pin fin heat sink is a heat sink that has pins that extend from its base. The pins can be
cylindrical, elliptical or square. A pin is by far one of the more common heat sink types available
on the market. A second type of heat sink fin arrangement is the straight fin. These run the entire
length of the heat sink. A variation on the straight fin heat sink is a cross cut heat sink. A straight
fin heat sink is cut at regular intervals.

In general, the more surface area a heat sink has, the better it works. However, this is not always
true. The concept of a pin fin heat sink is to try to pack as much surface area into a given volume
as possible. As well, it works well in any orientation.. Although the pin fin has 194 cm2surface
area while the straight fin has 58 cm2, the temperature difference between the heat sink base and
the ambient air for the pin fin is 50 C. For the straight fin it was 44 C or 6 C better than the
pin fin. Pin fin heat sink performance is significantly better than straight fins when used in their
intended application where the fluid flows axially along the pins rather than only tangentially
across the pins.
Another configuration is the flared fin heat sink; its fins are not parallel to each other, as shown
in figure 5. Flaring the fins decreases flow resistance and makes more air go through the heat
sink fin channel; otherwise, more air would bypass the fins. Slanting them keeps the overall
dimensions the same, but offers longer fins
The heat transfer from the heat sink occurs by convection of the surrounding air, conduction
through the air, and radiation.
Heat transfer by radiation is a function of both the heat sink temperature, and the temperature of
the surroundings that the heat sink is optically coupled with. When both of these temperatures
are on the order of 0 C to 100 C, the contribution of radiation compared to convection is
generally small, and this factor is often neglected. In this case, finned heat sinks operating in
either natural-convection or forced-flow will not be effected significantly by surface emissivity.
In situations where convection is low, such as a flat non-finned panel with low airflow, radiative
cooling can be a significant factor. Here the surface properties may be an important design factor.
Matte-black surfaces will radiate much more efficiently than shiny bare metal in the visible
spectrum. A shiny metal surface has low effective emissivity due to its low surface area. While
the emissivity of a material is tremendously energy (frequency) dependent, the noble metals
demonstrate very low emissivity in the NIR spectrum. The emissivity in the visible spectrum is
closely related to color. For most materials, the emissivity in the visible spectrum is similar to the
emissivity in the infrared spectrum; however there are exceptions, notably certain metal oxides
that are used as "selective surfaces".

In a vacuum or in outer space, there is no convective heat transfer, thus in these environments,
radiation is the only factor governing heat flow between the heat sink and the environment. For a
satellite in space, a 100 C (373 Kelvin) surface facing the sun will absorb a lot of radiant heat,
since the sun's surface temperature is nearly 6000 Kelvin, whereas the same surface facing deepspace will radiate a lot of heat, since deep-space has an effective temperature of only a few
Kelvin.

Engineering applications
Processor/Microprocessor cooling
Heat dissipation is an unavoidable by-product of all but micro power electronic devices and
circuits. In general, the temperature of the device or component will depend on the thermal
resistance from the component to the environment, and the heat dissipated by the component. To
ensure that the component temperature does not overheat, a thermal engineer seeks to find an
efficient heat transfer path from the device to the environment. The heat transfer path may be
from the component to a printed circuit board (PCB), to a heat sink, to air flow provided by a
fan, but in all instances, eventually to the environment.
For each interface between two objects in contact with each other, there will be a temperature
drop across the interface. For such composite systems, the temperature drop across the interface
may be appreciable. This temperature change may be attributed to what is known as the thermal
contact resistance.
For very large heat sinks, there is no substitute for the threaded standoff and compression spring
attachment method. A threaded standoff is essentially a hollow metal tube with internal threads.
One end is secured with a screw through a hole in the PCB. The other end accepts a screw which
compresses the spring, completing the assembly. A typical heat sink assembly uses two to four
standoffs, which tends to make this the most costly heat sink attachment
Thermal contact resistance occurs due to the voids created by surface roughness effects, defects
and misalignment of the interface. The voids present in the interface are filled with air. Heat
transfer is therefore due to conduction across the actual contact area and to conduction (or
natural convection) and radiation across the gaps . If the contact area is small, as it is for rough

surfaces, the major contribution to the resistance is made by the gaps. To decrease the thermal
contact resistance, the surface roughness can be decreased while the interface pressure is
increased. However, these improving methods are not always practical or possible for electronic
equipment. Thermal interface materials (TIM) are a common way to overcome these limitations,
Properly applied thermal interface materials displace the air that is present in the gaps between
the two objects with a material that has a much-higher thermal conductivity. Air has a thermal
conductivity of 0.022 W/m K, while TIMs have conductivities of 0.3 W/m K and higher.
When selecting a TIM, care must be taken with the values supplied by the manufacturer. Most
manufacturers give a value for the thermal conductivity of a material. However, the thermal
conductivity does not take into account the interface resistances. Therefore, if a TIM has a high
thermal conductivity, it does not necessarily mean that the interface resistance will be low.
Selection of a TIM is based on three parameters: the interface gap which the TIM must fill, the
contact pressure, and the electrical resistivity of the TIM. The contact pressure is the pressure
applied to the interface between the two materials. The selection does not include the cost of the
material. Electrical resistivity may, or may not, be important, depending upon electrical design
details.
Methods to determine heat sink thermal performance
In general, a heat sink performance is a function of material thermal conductivity, dimensions,
fin type, heat transfer coefficient, air flow rate, and duct size. To determine the thermal
performance of a heat sink, a theoretical model can be made. Alternatively, the thermal
performance can be measured experimentally. Due to the complex nature of the highly 3D flow
in present in applications, numerical methods or computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can also be
used. This section will discuss the aforementioned methods for the determination of the heat sink
thermal performance.

THERMAL PASTE
Heat sinks operate by conducting heat from the processor to the heat sink and then radiating it to
the air. The better the transfer of heat between the two surfaces (the CPU and the heat sink metal)
the better the cooling. Some processors come with heat sinks glued to them directly, ensuring a
good transfer of heat between the processor and the heat sink.
Heat sinks that are attached using clips normally sit rather loosely on top of the processor. It may
feel like it is attached securely, but there will be a gap between the CPU and the heat sink, and
that gap of air them makes for poor heat transfer, even if it is very small. Air is a poor conductor
of heat compared to most liquids or solids. To improve the thermal connection between the
processor and heat sink, a special chemical called heat sink compound should be used. A thin
layer of this is spread between the two, which greatly improves heat transfer and the cooling of
the processor.
Heat sink compound is typically a white paste made from zinc oxide in a silicone base. Very little
of the substance is needed, just enough to fill the gap between the CPU and heat sink. Using
more will not make it work better, it will just make a big mess when you press the heat sink
down onto the CPU, much like putting too much strawberry jam in your PB&J sandwich. :^) The
use of this compound is strongly recommended for those who want to cool their processors
properly.

THERMAL PASTE
All modern appliances produce enough heat that they need a heat sink. Almost all of them need a
heat sink with a fan. Many heat sinks come with some sort of thermal transfer thingy pre-applied a patch of grease, or a square of chewing-gum-like semi-solid material, or just a rubbery pad for
the low performance units. Most appliances don't produce enough heat that the stuff to put
between the chip package and the heat sink matters very much, as long as the appliances case has
decent ventilation and the ambient temperature isn't sauna-like. There just has to
be something between appliances and heat sink.
The reason why there has to be something there is that the two mating surfaces of processor and
sink aren't flat. They may look flat. They may have a mirror polish. But, on the microscopic
scale, they look like a scale model of the Andes. And the mountains on one item do not match the
valleys on the other.
Without thermal transfer compound, everywhere heat sink metal doesn't mate with appliance
package material is a teeny-tiny air gap. Air is a good thermal insulator. As long as your heat sink
looks flat when you lay a ruler on it then there'll be a decent amount of actual contact, of course,
but the amount of heat that'll actually make it around the air gaps may be surprisingly small.
Hence, thermal compound. It's grease with lots of minuscule thermally conductive particles
mixed into it, basically. It doesn't conduct heat as well as direct contact, but it's a heck of a lot
better than air gaps.

A popular view among those of us who've spent more time cleaning thermal grease off our hands
than we'd care to remember is that it doesn't really matter much what kind of thermal grease you
use. Plain cheap white zinc-oxide grease, fancy silver grease, ultra-fancy super-exotic betterthan-the-stuff-NASA-uses grease; they're all much the same. As long as you apply the stuff
reasonably sparingly, you'll be fine.
I'd never actually tested this, though. Perhaps the marketing bumf for the current crop of exotic
super-greases was right; perhaps they really are spectacularly better than plain cheap white
thermal goop. Perhaps the fancy greases have advantages beyond their thermal performance, too.

PELTEIR AND THEMO-ELECTRIC EFFECT:The Peltier effect is a temperature difference created by applying a voltage between two
electrodes connected to a sample of semiconductor material. This phenomenon can be useful
when it is necessary to transfer heat from one medium to another on a small scale. The Peltier
effect is one of three types of thermoelectric effect; the other two are the Seebeck effect and the
Thomson effect.
In a Peltier-effect device, the electrodes are typically made of a metal with excellent electrical
conductivity. The semiconductor material between the electrodes creates two junctions between
dissimilar materials, which, in turn, creates a pair of thermo couple voltage is applied to the
electrodes to force electrical current through the semiconductor, thermal energy flows in the
direction of the charge carriers.
Peltier-effect devices are used for thermoelectric cooling in electronic equipment and computers
when more conventional cooling methods are impractical.
The Peltier effect is the presence of heat at an electrified junction of two different metals and is
named for French physicist Jean-Charles Peltier, who discovered it in 1834. When a current is
made to flow through a junction composed of materials A and B, heat is generated at the upper
junction at T2, and absorbed at the lower junction at T1. The Peltier heat
junction per unit time is equal to

absorbed by the lower

where AB is the Peltier coefficient for the thermocouple composed of materials A and B and
A (B) is the Peltier coefficient of material A (B). varies with the material's temperature and
its specific composition: p-type silicon typically has a positive Peltier coefficient below ~550 K,
but n-type silicon is typically negative.
The Peltier coefficients represent how much heat current is carried per unit charge through a
given material. Since charge current must be continuous across a junction, the associated heat
flow will develop a discontinuity if A and B are different. Depending on the magnitude of the
current, heat must accumulate or deplete at the junction due to a non-zero divergence there
caused by the carriers attempting to return to the equilibrium that existed before the current was
applied by transferring energy from one connector to another. Individual couples can
connected in series to enhance the effect. Thermoelectric heat pumps exploit this phenomenon,
as do thermoelectric cooling devices found in refrigerators
The Peltier effect can be used to create a refrigerator which is compact and has no circulating
fluid or moving parts; such refrigerators are useful in applications
where their advantages outweigh the disadvantage of their very low efficiency.

Peltier effect describes the temperature difference generated by EMF and is the reverse of See
beck effect. Finally, the Thomson effect relates the reversible thermal gradient and EMF in a
homogeneous conductor.
Peltier thermo-element is a device that utilizes the peltier effect to implement a heat
pump. A Peltier has two plates, the cold and the hot plate. Between those plates there are several
thermo couples. All those thermo couples are connected together and two wires comes out. If
voltage is applied to those wires, the cold plate will be cold and the hot plate... hot.

The device is called a heat pump because it does not generate heat nor cold, it just
transfers heat from one plate to another, and thus the other plate is cooled. It is also called a
thermo-electric cooler or TEC for short.
Because TECs have several thermocouples, a lot of heat is transfered between the plates.
Sometimes it can reach a temperature difference of 80 degrees Celsius or more!
What are Peltier elements made of?
Peltier thermo-elements are mainly made of semi conductive material. This means that
they have P-N contacts within. Actually, they have a lot of P-N contacts connected in series.
They are also heavily doped, meaning that they have special additives that will increase the
excess or lack of electrons.
The following drawing shows how the P-N contacts are connected internally within a Peltier
TEC:

Now, imagine tens or hundreds of those P-N material between two plates. The following
drawing shows how can many P-N contacts exist in a rectangular area like a Peltier TEC.

The P and N material are connected in series together to implement a long strip of P-N junctions.
The top plate is the hot plate and the bottom is the cold plate. When power is applied to the two
wires, the heat will be transferred from the cold plate to the hot plate and thus the cold plate shall
cold.

THERMOELCTRIC EFFECT
The thermoelectric

effect is

the

direct

conversion

of temperature differences

to

electric voltage and vice-versa. A thermoelectric device creates a voltage when there is a
different temperature on each side. Conversely, when a voltage is applied to it, it creates a
temperature difference. At the atomic scale, an applied temperature gradient causes charge
carriers in the material to diffuse from the hot side to the cold side, similar to a classical gas that
expands when heated; hence inducing a thermal current.

This effect can be used to generate electricity, measure temperature or change the temperature of
objects. Because the direction of heating and cooling is determined by the polarity of the applied
voltage, thermoelectric devices are efficient temperature controllers.
When two dissimilar metals such as iron and copper are joined at both ends to form a closed
circuit, and one of the junctions is at a higher temperature than the other (Fig. 128), a current is
set up. The e.m.f. driving this current is called a 'thermoelectric e.m.f.', and the phenomenon is
known as the thermoelectric effect or See beck effect after the German physicist who discovered
it in 1821.

THERMO ELECTRIC COOLING

Usually a thermoelectric e.m.f. is very small, only a few millionths of a volt. For a copper-iron
circuit it is found to be about 7lV for every degree Centigrade of temperature difference between
the junctions; for antimony and bismuth it is as high as 100 lV per deg C, while for copper and
Constantan (55 per cent copper, 45 per cent nickel), the two metals most often used in practice, it
is 40 lV per deg C of temperature difference.
A pair of dissimilar metals welded together at their junction forms what is called a
thermocouple. By arranging several thermocouples in series, as shown in Fig. 129, the e .m .f. s
add together to give an appreciable output; this arrangement is known as a thermopile.

figure of Thermopile
Although thermopiles have been constructed to deliver e.m.f.s of a few volts, the thermoelectric
effect is rarely used at present as a source of energy. Its main application lies in the measurement
of temperature. A form of hotwire ammeter (p. 135) for measuring alternating currents
incorporates a thermocouple whose junction is heated indirectly by the current being measured.
The thermal e. m. f. in the junction sets up a direct current which is measured by a moving-coil
galvanometer.
In thermo electric, conductor generates a voltage when subjected to a temperature gradient. To
measure this voltage, one must use a second conductor material which generates a different
voltage under the same temperature gradient. Otherwise, if the same material was used for the
measurement, the voltage generated by the measuring conductor would simply cancel that of the
first conductor. The voltage difference generated by the two materials can then be measured and
related to the corresponding temperature gradient. It is thus clear that, based on See beck's
principle, thermocouples can only measure temperature differences and need a known reference
temperature to yield the absolute readings.

THERMOELETRIC ELEMENT

THERMOELECTRIC COOLING
Thermoelectric cooling uses the Peltier effect to create a heat flux between the junction of two
different types of materials. A Peltier cooler, heater, or thermoelectric heat pump is a solid-state
active heat pump which transfers heat from one side of the device to the other, with consumption
of electrical energy, depending on the direction of the current. Such an instrument is also called a
Peltier device, Peltier heat pump, solid state refrigerator, or thermoelectric cooler (TEC). The
Peltier device is a heat pump: when direct current runs through it, heat is moved from one side to
the other. Therefore it can be used either for heating or for cooling (refrigeration), although in
practice the main application is cooling. It can also be used as a temperature controller that either
heats or cools.
This technology is far less commonly applied to refrigeration than vapor-compression
refrigeration is. The main advantages of a Peltier cooler (compared to a vapor-compression
refrigerator) are its lack of moving parts or circulating liquid, and its small size and flexible
shape (form factor). Its main disadvantage is that it cannot simultaneously have low cost and

high power efficiency. Many researchers and companies are trying to develop Peltier coolers that
are both cheap and efficient. (See Thermoelectric materials.)
A Peltier cooler can also be used as a thermoelectric generator. When operated as a cooler, a
voltage is applied across the device, and as a result, a difference in temperature will build up
between the two sides. When operated as a generator, one side of the device is heated to a
temperature greater then the other side, and as a result, a difference in voltage will build up
between the two sides (the See beck effect). However, a well-designed Peltier cooler will be a
mediocre thermoelectric generator and vice-versa, due to different design and packaging
requirements.
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ideal refrigerator (Carnot cycle), compared with 4060% achieved by conventional compression
cycle systems (reverse Rankine systems using compression/expansion). Due to the relatively low
efficiency, thermoelectric cooling is generally only used in environments where the solid state
nature (no moving parts, maintenance-free, compact size) outweighs pure efficiency.
Peltier (thermoelectric) cooler performance is a function of ambient temperature, hot and cold
side heat exchanger (heat sink) performance, thermal load, Peltier module (thermopile)
geometry, and Peltier electrical parameter.

USES
Peltier devices are commonly used in camping and portable coolers and for cooling electronic
components and small instruments. Some electronic equipment intended for military use in the
field is thermoelectrically cooled. The cooling effect of Peltier heat pumps can also be used to
extract water from the air in dehumidifiers.
Peltier elements are a common component in thermal cyclers, used for the synthesis of DNA by
polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a common molecular biological technique which requires the

rapid heating and cooling of the reaction mixture for dnaturation , primer annealing and
enzymatic synthesis cycles.
The effect is used in satellites and spacecraft to counter the effect of direct sunlight on one side
of a craft by dissipating the heat over the cold shaded side, whereupon the heat is dissipated
by thermal radiation into space.
Photon detectors such as CCDs in astronomical telescopes or very high-end digital cameras are
often cooled down with Peltier elements. This reduces dark counts due to thermal noise. A dark
count occurs when a pixel generates an electron because of a thermal fluctuation rather than
because it has received a photon. On digital photos taken at low light these occur as speckles (or
"pixel noise").
Thermoelectric coolers can be used to cool computer components to keep temperatures within
design limits, or to maintain stable functioning when over clocking. However, due to low
efficiency, much more heat is generated than normally, necessitating a very large and noisy fan
or a liquid cooling system. In fiber optic applications, where the wavelength of a laser or a
component is highly dependent on temperature, Peltier coolers are used along with a Thermistor
in a feedback loop to maintain a constant temperature and thereby stabilize the wavelength of the
device. A Peltier cooler with a heat sink or water block can cool a chip to well below ambient
temperature.
Peltier devices are used in recent products that chill beverages. Some products can also reverse
the current to heat the beverage. Products such as the one pictured draw power from
the USB port found on computers. However, these products' ability to heat and cool is limited, as
the USB 2.0 standard guarantees only 500 m A of current (900 m A in the USB 3.0 standard).

DC BRUSHLESS FAN

Figure: Brushless DC Fan 12 V


Brushless DC electric motor (BLDC motors, BL motors) also known as electronically
commutated motors (ECMs, EC motors) aresynchronous motors that are powered by a DC
electric source via an integrated inverter/switching power supply, which produces an AC electric
signal to drive the motor (AC, alternating current, does not imply a sinusoidal waveform but
rather a bi-directional current with no restriction on waveform); additional sensors and
electronics control the inverter output amplitude and waveform (and therefore percent of DC bus
usage/efficiency) and frequency (i.e. rotor speed).
The motor part of a brushless motor is often a permanent magnet synchronous motor, but can
also be a switched reluctance motor, orinduction motor.
Brushless motors may be described as stepper motors; however, the term stepper motor tends to
be used for motors that are designed specifically to be operated in a mode where they are
frequently stopped with the rotor in a defined angular position. This page describes more general
brushless motor principles, though there is overlap.
Two key performance parameters of brushless DC motors are the Motor constants Kv and Km
(which are numerically equal in SI units)

BRUSHLESS VS BRUSHED
Brushed DC motors have been in commercial use since 1886. Brushless motors, on the other
hand, did not become commercially viable until 1962.
Brushed DC motors develop a maximum torque when stationary, linearly decreasing as velocity
increases. Some limitations of brushed motors can be overcome by brushless motors, they
include higher efficiency and a lower susceptibility of the commutator assembly to mechanical
wear. These benefits come at the cost of potentially less rugged, more complex, and more
expensive control electronics.
A typical brushless motor has permanent magnets which rotate and a fixed armature, eliminating
problems associated with connecting current to the moving armature. An electronic controller
replaces the brush/commutator assembly of the brushed DC motor, which continually switches
the phase to the windings to keep the motor turning. The controller performs similar timed power
distribution by using a solid-state circuit rather than the brush/commutator system.
Brushless motors offer several advantages over brushed DC motors, including more torque per
weight, more torque per watt (increased efficiency), increased reliability, reduced noise, longer
lifetime (no brush and commutator erosion), elimination of ionizing sparks from the commutator,
and overall reduction of electromagnetic interference (EMI). With no windings on the rotor, they
are not subjected to centrifugal forces, and because the windings are supported by the housing,
they can be cooled by conduction, requiring no airflow inside the motor for cooling. This in turn
means that the motor's internals can be entirely enclosed and protected from dirt or other foreign
matter.
Brushless motor commutation can be implemented in software using a microcontroller or
computer, or may alternatively be implemented in analogue hardware or digital firmware using
an FPGA. Commutation with electronics instead of brushes allows for greater flexibility and

capabilities not available with brushed DC motors, including speed limiting, "micro stepped"
operation for slow and/or fine motion control, and a holding torque when stationary.
The maximum power that can be applied to a brushless motor is limited almost exclusively by
heat; too much of which weakens the magnets, and may damage the winding's insulation. A
brushless motor's main disadvantage is higher cost, which arises from two issues. Firstly,
brushless motors require complex electronic speed controllers (ESCs) to run. In contrast, brushed
DC motors can be regulated by a comparatively simple controller, such as a rheostat (variable
resistor). However, this reduces efficiency because power is wasted in the rheostat. Secondly,
some practical uses have not been well developed in the commercial sector. For example, in the
radio control (RC) hobby arena, brushless motors are often hand-wound while brushed motors
are usually machine-wound.
Brushless motors are more efficient at converting electricity into mechanical power than brushed
motors. This improvement is largely due to the brushless motor's velocity being determined by
the frequency at which the electricity is switched, not the voltage. Additional gains are due to the
absence of brushes, alleviating loss due to friction. The enhanced efficiency is greatest in the noload and low-load region of the motor's performance curve. Under high mechanical loads,
brushless motors and high-quality brushed motors are comparable in efficiency.
Environments and requirements in which manufacturers use brushless-type DC motors include
maintenance-free operation, high speeds, and operation where sparking is hazardous (i.e.
explosive environments) or could affect electronically sensitive equipment.
VARIATIONS IN CONSTRUCTION
Brushless motors can be constructed in several different physical configurations: In the
'conventional' (also known as inrunner) configuration, the permanent magnets are part of the
rotor. Three stator windings surround the rotor. In the outrunner (or external-rotor) configuration,
the radial-relationship between the coils and magnets is reversed; the stator coils form the center
(core) of the motor, while the permanent magnets spin within an overhanging rotor which
surrounds the core. The flat or axial flux type, used where there are space or shape limitations,
uses stator and rotor plates, mounted face to face. Outrunners typically have more poles, set up in

triplets to maintain the three groups of windings, and have a higher torque at low RPMs. In all
brushless motors, the coils are stationary.
There are two common electrical winding configurations; the delta configuration connects three
windings to each other (series circuits) in a triangle-like circuit, and power is applied at each of
the connections. The Wye (Y-shaped) configuration, sometimes called a star winding, connects
all of the windings to a central point (parallel circuits) and power is applied to the remaining end
of each winding.
A motor with windings in delta configuration gives low torque at low speed, but can give higher
top speed. Wye configuration gives high torque at low speed, but not as high top speed.[6]
Although efficiency is greatly affected by the motor's construction, the Wye winding is normally
more efficient. In delta-connected windings, half voltage is applied across the windings adjacent
to the driven lead (compared to the winding directly between the driven leads), increasing
resistive losses. In addition, windings can allow high-frequency parasitic electrical currents to
circulate entirely within the motor. A Wye-connected winding does not contain a closed loop in
which parasitic currents can flow, preventing such losses.

From a controller standpoint, the two styles of windings are treated exactly the same, although
some less expensive controllers are designed to read voltage from the common center of the Wye
winding.
APPLICATIONS
Brushless motors fulfill many functions originally performed by brushed DC motors, but cost
and control complexity prevents brushless motors from replacing brushed motors completely in
the lowest-cost areas. Nevertheless, brushless motors have come to dominate many applications,

particularly devices such as computer hard drives and CD/DVD players. Small cooling fans in
electronic equipment are powered exclusively by brushless motors. They can be found in
cordless power tools where the increased efficiency of the motor leads to longer periods of use
before the battery needs to be charged. Low speed, low power brushless motors are used
in direct-drive turntables for gramophone records.

Transport
High power brushless motors are found in electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles. These motors are
essentially AC synchronous motors with permanent magnet rotors.
The Segway Scooter and Vectrix Maxi-Scooter use brushless technology.
A number of electric bicycles use brushless motors that are sometimes built into the wheel hub
itself, with the stator fixed solidly to the axle and the magnets attached to and rotating with the
wheel.
Heating and ventilations
There is a trend in the HVAC and refrigeration industries to use brushless motors instead of
various types of AC motors. The most significant reason to switch to a brushless motor is the
dramatic reduction in power required to operate them versus a typical AC motor. While shadedpole and permanent split capacitor motors once dominated as the fan motor of choice, many fans

are now run using a brushless motor. Some fans use brushless motors also in order to increase
overall system efficiency.
In addition to the brushless motor's higher efficiency, certain HVAC systems (especially those
featuring variable-speed and/or load modulation) use brushless motors because the built-in
microprocessor allows for programmability, better control over airflow, and serial
communication.
Industrial engineering
The application of brushless DC motors within industrial engineering primarily focuses
on manufacturing engineering or industrial automation design. In manufacturing, brushless
motors are primarily used for motion control, positioning or actuation systems.
Brushless motors are ideally suited for manufacturing applications because of their high power
density, good speed-torque characteristics, high efficiency and wide speed ranges and low
maintenance. The most common uses of brushless DC motors in industrial engineering are linear
motors. servomotors, actuators for industrial robots, extruder drive motors and feed drives for
CNC machine tools.
Motion control systems
Brushless motors are commonly used as pump, fan and spindle drives in adjustable or variable
speed applications. They can develop high torque with good speed response. In addition, they
can be easily automated for remote control. Due to their construction, they have good thermal
characteristics and high energy efficiency. To obtain a variable speed response, brushless motors
operate in an electromechanical system that includes an electronic motor controller and a rotor
position feedback sensor.
Brushless dc motors are widely used as servomotors for machine tool servo drives. Servomotors
are used for mechanical displacement, positioning or precision motion control. In the past
DC stepper motors were used as servomotors; however, since they are operate with open loop
control, they typically exhibit torque pulsations.Brushless dc motors are more suitable as

servomotors since their precise motion is based upon a closed loop control system that provides
tightly controlled and stable operation.
Positioning and actuation systems
Brushless motors are used in industrial positioning and actuation applications.[14] For assembly
robots, brushless stepper or servo motors are used to position a part for assembly or a tool for a
manufacturing process, such as welding or painting. Brushless motors can also be used to drive
linear actuators.
Actuators that produce linear motion are called linear motors. The advantage of linear motors is
that they can produce linear motion without the need of a transmission system, such as a balland-lead screw, rack-and-pinion, cam, gears or belts, that would be necessary for rotary motors.
Transmission systems are known to introduce less responsiveness and reduced accuracy. Direct
drive, brushless DC linear motors consist of a slotted stator with magnetic teeth and a moving
actuator, which has permanent magnets and coil windings. To obtain linear motion, a motor
controller excites the coil windings in the actuator causing an interaction of the magnetic fields
resulting in linear motion.
Model engineering

A microprocessor-controlled BLDC motor powering a micro radio-controlled airplane.


This external rotor motor weighs 5 grams, consumes approximately 11 watts and produces thrust
of more than twice the weight of the plane.
Brushless motors are a popular motor choice for model aircraft including helicopters. Their
favorable power-to-weight ratios and large range of available sizes, from under 5 gram to large
motors rated at thousands of watts, have revolutionized the market for electric-powered model

flight, displacing virtually all brushed electric motors. They have also encouraged a growth of
simple, lightweight electric model aircraft, rather than the previous internal combustion
engines powering larger and heavier models. The large power-to-weight ratio of modern batteries
and brushless motors allows models to ascend vertically, rather than climb gradually. The low
noise and lack of mess compared to small glow fuel internal combustion engines that are used is
another reason for their popularity.
Legal restrictions for the use of combustion engine driven model aircraft in some countrieshave
also supported the shift to high-power electric systems.

Radio controlled cars


Their popularity has also risen in the radio controlled car sector. Brushless motors have been
legal in North American RC car racing in accordance to ROAR since 2006. These motors
provide a great amount of power to RC racers and if paired with appropriate gearing and highdischarge Li-Po (Lithium Polymer) batteries, these cars can achieve speeds of up to 100 miles
per hour (161 km/h).

RESULT, CONCLUSION AND FUTURE SCOPE


Thermoelectric Refrigerator Designed has been working efficiently and The idea behind this
project was to utilize a dc voltage to produce temperature difference between the two junctions
of the peltier plate thereby producing cooling effect on one side in few seconds.
EFFICIENCY OF THERMOELECTRIC REFRIGERATOR
Currently, Thermoelectric Refrigerator are about 5% efficient. However, advancements in thinfilm and quantum well technologies could increase efficiency up to 15% in the future.
The efficiency of an Thermoelectric Refrigerator is governed by the thermoelectric conversion
efficiency of the materials and the thermal efficiency of the two heat exchangers. The ATEG
efficiency can be expressed as: mridulkapri@ymail.com
OV = CONV HX
Where:
OV : The overall efficiency of the ATEG
CONV : Conversion efficiency of thermoelectric materials

HX: Efficiency of the heat exchangers


: The ratio between the heat passed through thermoelectric materials to that passed from the hot
side to the cold side

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