Application ID: 30611
Thermoelectric coolers are widely used for electronics cooling in various application areas, ranging from consumer products to spacecraft design. Exploiting the Peltier effect, they consist of several thermoelectric legs sandwiched between two thermally conductive plates, one cold and one hot. Due the variety of applications, there can be many different thermoelectric cooler configurations.
The Thermoelectric Cooler app covers the basic design of a single-stage thermoelectric cooler of different sizes with different thermocouple sizes and distributions. You can use the app to help find the best thermoelectric cooler for a specific application. Manufacturers can also use it to optimize designs and provide application-related performance values. Additionally, the app serves as a starting point for more detailed calculations with additional input options and can be extended to multistage thermoelectric coolers.
This is done by varying the geometric parameters of the different components of the thermoelectric cooler, the material that makes up the thermoelectric legs, and some operating conditions.
This application example illustrates applications of this type that would nominally be built using the following products:
however, additional products may be required to completely define and model it. Furthermore, this example may also be defined and modeled using components from the following product combinations:
- COMSOL Multiphysics® and
- Heat Transfer Module and
- Optimization Module and
- AC/DC Module, MEMS Module, or Plasma Module
The combination of COMSOL® products required to model your application depends on several factors and may include boundary conditions, material properties, physics interfaces, and part libraries. Particular functionality may be common to several products. To determine the right combination of products for your modeling needs, review the Specification Chart and make use of a free evaluation license. The COMSOL Sales and Support teams are available for answering any questions you may have regarding this.