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CRC Handbook of Thermoelectrics

CRC Handbook of Thermoelectrics

David M. Rowe (Editor)

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 It is comprised of fifty-five chapters, a number of which contain previously unpublished material.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

  1. Introduction
  2. Thermoelectric Phenomena
  3. Conversion Efficiency and Figure-of-Merit
  4. Thermoelectric Transport Theory
  5. Optimization of Carrier Concentration
  6. Minimizing the Thermal Conductivity
  7. Selective Carrier Scattering in Thermoelectric Materials
  8. Thermomagnetic Phenomena
  9. Preparation of Thermoelectric Materials from Melts
  10. Powder Metallurgy Techniques
  11. PIES Method of Preparing Bismuth Alloys
  12. Preparation of Thermoelectric Materials by Mechanical Alloying
  13. Preparation of Thermoelectric Films
  14. Calculation of Peltier Device Performance
  15. Measurements of Electrical Properties
  16. Measurement of Thermal Properties
  17. Z-Meters
  18. Methodology for Testing Thermoelectric Materials and Devices
  19. Bismuth Telluride, Antimony Telluride, and Their Solid Solutions
  20. Valence Band Structure and the Thermoelectric Figure-of-Merit of [actual symbol not reproducible] Te3 Crystals
  21. Lead Telluride and Its Alloys
  22. Properties of the General TAGS System
  23. Thermoelectric Properties of Silicides
  24. Polycrystalline Iron Disilicide as a Thermoelectric Generator Material
  25. Thermoelectric Properties of Anisotropic MnSi1.75
  26. Low Carrier Mobility Materials for Thermoelectric Applications
  27. Semimetals as Materials for Thermoelectric Generators
  28. Silicon Germanium
  29. Rare Earth Compounds
  30. Thermoelectric Properties of High-Temperature Superconductors
  31. Boron Carbides
  32. Thermoelectric Properties of Metallic Materials
  33. Neutron Irradiation Damage in SiGe Alloys
  34. New Materials and Performance Limits for Thermoelectric Cooling
  35. Miniature Semiconductor Thermoelectric Devices
  36. Commercially Available Generators
  37. Modular RTG Technology
  38. Peltier Devices as Generators
  39. Calculations of Generator Performance
  40. Terrestrial Applications of Thermoelectric Generators
  41. Space Applications
  42. SP-100 Space Subsystems
  43. Safety Aspects of Thermoelectrics in Space
  44. Low-Temperature Heat Conversion
  45. Thermoelectric Refrigeration: Introduction
  46. Module Design and Fabrication
  47. Cooling Thermoelements with Superconducting Leg
  48. Applications of Thermoelectric Cooling: Introduction
  49. Commercial Peltier Modules
  50. Thermoelectrically Cooled Radiation Detectors
  51. Reliability of Peltier Coolers in Fiber-Optic Laser Packages
  52. Laboratory Equipment
  53. Large-Scale Cooling: Integrated Thermoelectric Element Technology
  54. Medium-Scale Cooling: Thermoelectric Module Technology
  55. Modeling of Thermoelectric Cooling Systems
  56. Index
Publication and Pricing:

July 1995, 720 pp.
ISBN: 0849301467

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