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OPTIMIZATION OF THERMOELECTRIC ENERGY CONVERTERS
GENERAL ELECTRIC CO SYRACUSE N Y
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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
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