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International Conference on Innovative Applied Energy    

E-Proceedings ISBN: 978-1-912532-05-6

14-15 March 2019, Oxford, United Kingdom



Using Modeling and Simulations to Characterize TEG Arrays



Rondolf Moreno, Dragoslav Grbovic and Anthony Pollman

Naval Postgraduate School, 777 Dyer Road Monterey, USA



Paper Abstract

Modeling and simulation are key concepts in systems engineering and system design.  They allow the engineer to use fewer resources to establish a sound design before fully committing to building a full prototype.  Using this concept, this paper goes through the modeling process for the application of thermoelectric generators (TEGs) in an array.  Systems could benefit from using this passive thermal recovery device by converting that thermal energy into electricity.  For military systems, this is beneficial as there are many initiatives in the United States military to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels by making current systems more efficient or converting to systems that do not use fossil fuels.  Applying TEGs to these particular systems would help with this inititative and possibly have an intrinsic benefit of reducing a system thermal signature, which could be a topic of future work.  Designing the models for this application needs to be basic and simple before creating complex models for final design.  The types of models built and discussed in this paper will help form the basis of an array design.  These models would help determine the number of TEGs needed and their configuration to meet a requirement of the system. 

Paper Keywords
Modeling, simulation, thermoelectric generator, PSPICE, systems engineering, energy harvesting, energy conversion, heat transfer, heat recovery, thermal power, modeling, Seebeck effect.
Corresponding author Biography

Rondolf Moreno is serving as a Captain in the US Army.  He serves as a logistics officer, managing supplies, equipment, and personnel in the conventional and unconventional realms.  He recently presented research in the field of thermoelectric generators at an American Society of Mechanical Engineers conference (2018).  He is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned his Masters of Science in Systems Engineering and is a graduate of Hofstra University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  His research interests include energy recovery and additive manufacturing.

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