Accession Number : AD0265461

Title :   OPTIMIZATION OF THERMOELECTRIC ENERGY CONVERTERS

Corporate Author : GENERAL ELECTRIC CO SYRACUSE N Y

Personal Author(s) : KLEIN,PHILIPP H.

Report Date : 14 DEC 1960

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : DESCRIPTORS: *Thermoelectricity, *Generators, *Thermal conductivity, Encapsulation, Lead compoundsc compounds, Bismuth alloys. Consideration of thermal system No. 1 was continued. The source of heat for this system is saturated steam at 533 K (500 F), and the heat sink is sea water at 291 K (65 F). Results for forced-convection cooling have been compared with those for free-convection cooling. In addition, the possible improvements in performance that may result from use of better thermoelectric materials than are currently available have been computed. These results were obtained with the aid of a computer program designated NOBS-2. Progress was also made in the preparation of computer program NOBS-3, which provides a more accurate representation of the losses in electrical conductors, electrical contacts, and thermal shunts than is possible with the NOBS-2 program. In addition, general characteristics have been evolved for the next thermal system to be analyzed. (Author)

Descriptors :   *ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTION, *GENERATORS, *THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY, *THERMOELECTRICITY, ANTIMONY ALLOYS, BISMUTH ALLOYS, CALCIUM COMPOUNDS, CHROMIUM COMPOUNDS, ENCAPSULATION, HEAT TRANSFER, INTERMETALLIC COMPOUNDS, LEAD COMPOUNDS, MAGNESIUM COMPOUNDS, MATERIALS, SILICATES, TANTALUM, TELLURIDES, THERMAL INSULATION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE