Optimal performance of a thermoelectric refrigerator

Goktun S.

ENERGY SOURCES, vol.18, no.5, pp.531-536, 1996 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00908319608908788
  • Title of Journal : ENERGY SOURCES
  • Page Numbers: pp.531-536


By employing an externally and internally irreversible Carnot-like reversed heat engine model, the coefficient of performance and maximum cooling rate have been determined for a thermoelectric refrigerator The irreversibilities can be characterized by a single parameter called the device-design parameter. The coefficient of performance and the cooling rate increase with an increase of the device-design parameter, which appears in the equations for maximum cooling rate and coefficient of performance.