ME 6950 Thermoelectrics I (Design)
Spring 2017
January 9 - April 29

Course Description: Thermoelectric design covers the fundamental theories, optimal design, applications for thermoelectric generators and coolers. The fundamental theories include the Seebeck effect, Peltier effect, and Thomson relation, optimal design, compatibility factor, and thermal and electrical contact resistances. The applications discuss waste heat recovery, automotive thermal comport, solar thermoelectric generator, electronic thermal control, and medical instruments.   This course also practices mathematical modeling and optimization using design tools such as Mathcad and ANSYS. (3 credit).

Course objectives: To learn the basic principles of  thermoelectric generators and coolers; to apply to the optimum design problems; to experience state-of-the-art technologies in the fields.

Pre-requisites:      ME4310 Heat Transfer

Instructor:             Professor HoSung Lee
Office:      Room G216, Parkview
:      269) 276-3429
Lecture hours: Wed., 4:00 PM 6:50 PM (room D208 Parkview)
Office hours Wed. 3:00 4:00 PM

Textbook:  "Thermoelectrics: Design and Materials" by HoSung Lee, Wiley, 2017, ISBN 978-1-118-84895-1
Reference book: Thermal Design: Heat Sinks, Thermoelectrics, Heat Pipes, Compact Heat Exchangers, Solar Cells, by HoSung Lee, Wiley, 2010 1st Edition, 648 pages, ISBN-978-0-470-49662-6

Homework & Computer Assignments                                  30%
Quizzes                                                                                20% 
Midterm                                                                              20%
Final Design
Project and Presentation                                   30%

Homework and computer assignments:: Homework and computer work will be assigned in class.
Design Project: One design project will be conducted individually with an oral presentation and a written report.


Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Thermoelectric Generators
Chapter 3 Thermoelectric Coolers
Chapter 4 Optimal Design
Chapter 5 Thomson Effect, Exact Solution, and Compatibility Factor
Chapter 6 Thermal and Electrical Contact Resistances for Micro and Macro Devices
Chapter 7 Modeling of Thermoelectric Generators and Coolers with Heat Sinks
Chapter 8 Applications

Note: You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate (pp. 268-270) [Graduate (pp. 24-26)] Catalog that pertain to Academic Integrity. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.