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LOCAL Temperature Gradient and Stress

I'm investigating the thermo-migration failure mechanism in nanoscale ICs interconnects. Typically, a nano wire under thermal stress suffers from material/mass migration or void nucleation if it ...
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Why does a thermoelectric generator need both p and n elements?

A thermoelectric (peltier) generator turns heat flow into DC electrical power. Here is a typical schematic: (image from here). Notice that there are two thermoelectric materials required: p-type ...
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Water behaviour under theoretical near-infinite pressure conditions

I've asked a similar question here but the answer given shows the behaviour of water under general conditions. I'd like to know what the behaviour of water is like as pressures increase towards ...
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Does the conductivity of a wire in a vacuum decrease over time?

Does the conductivity of a wire in a vacuum decrease over time, say over the period of years or decades? In other words: Does current degrade a wire, making it less conductive? If so, by how much, and ...
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Does Peltier effect decrease temperature?

Does Peltier effect decrease temperature? Such as infamous flashlight from your hand temperature. It use Peltier effect to generate light while your hand has more heat than air. So, whenever ...
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The conduction electrons in metals is a thermal phenomenon?

When applying an external electric field in a metal at absolute zero, there is electrical current? There must be thermal fluctuations in the electron's band to be occurs current?
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How is voltage generated due to difference in temperature in a thermocouple? [duplicate]

How is voltage generated due to difference in temperature between the two junctions of a thermocouple? What happens to the electrons at the junctions of the two materials and how do they behave when ...
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Calculate TEC efficiency

I am currently doing a small experiment using a Peltier to cool 250ml of water. My aim is to achieve the cooling of 250ml from 23degC to 8degC in under 20minuets which I have done by strapping the ...
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Why do ferromagnetic thermocouples change their behaviour near the Curie point?

Having read Wikipedia's current explanation that certain types of thermocouple (specifically Type K thermocouples) experience a step-change in their potential when they reach the Curie point of the ...
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Thermo-Emf variation with temperature

In the following experiment for seebeck effect After a certain temperature, the thermo-emf begins to fall. Why does this happen? What is happening microscopically at this level to cause such an ...
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How are semiconductor thermoelectric materials doped?

I have seen various materials quoted as thermoelectric. The current production champion seems to be Bismuth Telluride with a figure of merit Zt of 2.7 or so (but not good above the melting point of ...
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Why does hydrogen give up its electron to a platinum catalyst?

All descriptions of a Hydrogen fueled fuel cell (such as this one) Start with $H_2$ giving up its electrons to a platinum coated anode. Then the $H^+$ ions (protons really) travel through the ...
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How much electricity can be produced by my thermoelectric generator?

I am using a thermoelectric cooler from a pc's heatsink to produce electricity. Its size is 30mm by 30mm. I will cool it on one side at -10 degree Celsius and the other at 24 degree Celsius. Can ...
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Which thermoelectric effect is better?

I am doing an experiment which requires the thermoelectric effect. I know about the Seebeck and the Peltier effects. Well, from what I have found till now on these topics is that they both can produce ...
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Heat Sink considerations for thermionic generators

I recently read an article describing thermionic generation. I am considering building a TG for a science fair experiment. I was thinking about surrounding my heat source with a spherical emitter and ...
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What is the maximum theoretical efficiency of heat to electricity conversion?

I know that heat engines (heat to kinetic) are limited by Carnot cycle and that kinetic energy to electric energy conversion via standard generator reaches over 90%. However I would like to know ...
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How do charge carriers move thermal energy? (Peltier effect)

I am having hard time understanding how the charge carriers (electrons and holes) are able to move thermal energy. I am on a high school physics level, so I will probably have a hard time ...
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Continuously feeding an evaporating micro-black hole?

What would happen if you created a micro-black hole and could continuously feed it as quickly as it evaporates? Is it possible that it would remain relatively stable? If so, how might such a thing ...
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Will the heat flow of Joule heat be different, if the Joule heat is dissipated in a material that has a temperature gradient beforehand?

Let us assume one dimensional heat transfer, for example a finite length wire starting at point $0$ and ending at point $\ell$. If the current passes the wire, the Joule heat $I^{2}R$ will be ...
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Peltier heating/cooling of small surface area [closed]

I am looking at peltier heaters/coolers, and all of them are thin wafers like the one pictured below. This works fine for some things (ie. a microchip or a beer coaster) but not for others (ie. ...
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Stress due to the mismatch of thermal expansion coefficients of two different attached materials

I'm simulating the thermo-electro-mechanical behavior of a copper wire which is surrounded by silicon dioxide. In other words, the wire segments is under mechanical and thermal loads and at the same ...
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Clarification on the Seebeck Effect

Alright, I've been interested in the Seebeck effect lately, so I've been trying to learn it. From what I understand, this is measured with the Seebeck Coefficient, which gives you the $\mu\textrm{V}$ ...
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What are the largest thermal gradients achievable in a lab environment?

I am looking for a system capable of creating a gradient of $100\, \mathrm{K}/\mathrm{\mu \textrm{m}}$ on a $30\, \mathrm{\mu}\textrm{m}$ spacing of a system mounted on a Si-N membrane. My so-called ...
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When drift velocity equals thermal velocity?

In some papers, I can see the drift velocity of electrons equaling thermal velocity. Can anyone tell me when both almost equal each other?
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Starting vehicle on hot days

Why it is easy to start the vehicle on hot day than on cold days? Since on winter days it is diffcult to start than on hot days I thought it is due to the low temperature which in turn affects the ...
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What are the resulting forms of energy after thermal equalization

When two bodies of matter are placed together, one hotter than the other, where does the energy go when the two temperatures equalize? Is there any energy in thermal difference at all? If not, how ...
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direct conversion of heat to electric potential / current - are there theories that contradict the 'Kelvin Statement'?

In particular, William Thomson (Kelvin) appeared to be wrong about key things in physics (initially X-rays, aether, even aviation feasibility). ...
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Is a low-current electrical arc harmful to humans?

I've heard that electrical flux non-destructive particle testing machines are considered safe because they use less than 2 amps. I have seen an arc created between two objects do considerable damage, ...
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static shock=thermocouple?

I used to live in Boston. Near my complex, there was an apartment complex with lots of our friends. Anyways, that place had faulty heating most of the time; mainly in the corridors. They were pretty ...
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Understanding the Seebeck effect

Thermoelectricity is, as I understand it, the difference in voltage between the hot and cold ends of two dissimilar materials. If two materials are connected at two different junctions, the hot ...