Date of Graduation

5-2007

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Couvillion, Rick J.

Abstract

Typically, thermoelectric heat pumps are used in cooling applications where space and portability are important, but they can be used efficiently in heating applications under the right conditions. This paper explains the origins of the thermoelectric heat pump, its applications in society, and the technical aspects of the device. The many different appurtenances that the device requires will be discussed along with their drawbacks. The single-stage data for the cells will be compared to the two-stage configuration data, and the data gathered for a specific thermoelectric device will be compared to the manufacturer's published data for the different configurations of the device.

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