An Alternating Current Thermoelectric Generator

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H. B. Nottage

University of California, Los Angeles, Calif.

P. L. Winskell

Lockheed California Company, Burbank, Calif.

J. Eng. Power 85(4), 311-323 (Oct 01, 1963) (13 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3677346 History: Received August 07, 1962; Online January 10, 2012


Part 1 of the paper presents an analytical formulation of the design and performance of an a-c thermoelectric generator utilizing the periodic flow of heat across a surface, with the thermoelectric conductors in the form of deposited films or ribbons woven through a dielectric sheet. Part 2 formulates the efficiency of this type of a-c thermoelectric generator in a manner which will lead to payoff optimizations in accord with various application criteria.

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