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Reference Number EP/D014670/1
Title Investigation of Heat Pipes for Effective Thermoelectric Heat Pumping
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Other) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr MC Gillott
No email address given
Architecture and Built Environment
University of Nottingham
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 23 January 2006
End Date 22 July 2008
Duration 30 months
Total Grant Value £126,269
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region East Midlands
Programme Process Environment and Sustainability
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr MC Gillott , Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Nuaire International Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Marlow Industries Inc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Thermacore Europe Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Monodraught Ltd (0.000%)
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Abstract The proposed research will examine the use of heat pipes for effective thermoelectric heat pumping. The research will develop a themodynamic computer model for heat and mass transfer analysis of revolving heat pipes and thermoelectric devices. The work will investigate a novel, domestic-sized, mechanical-ventilation, heat pump system, using thermoelectric modules and revolving devices which act as both heat pipes and air impellers. The dual function of the revolving devices minimises the numberof components, and size of the system. Rotation of the devices enhances heat transfer, both within the heat pipes and externally between the air and the finning. Owing to their rotation, the accumulation of dirt on the pipe surfaces will be small and so reduce the need for cleaning. The research will investigate the use of different types of thermoelectric devices, including novel thin-film thermoelectric materials that can offer high performance heat pumping.Passing electricity across a thermoelectric device produces a temperature gradient. Heat can thus be pumped from one side to another making them essentially solid state heat pumps. The revolving heat pipes will be used to transfer heat to and from the hot and cold sides of the thermoelectric devices. Thermoelectric devices have the advantage of no noise or vibration as they have no mechanical moving parts. Furthermore, they are compact light weight, highly reliable and inexpensive. The system will also be environmentally-friendly as CFC refrigerants are not required
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