Design of linear shaped thermoelectric generator and self-integration using shape memory alloy

Hee Seok Kim, Takashi Itoh, Tsutomu Iida, Minoru Taya, Keiko Kikuchi

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A segmented linear-shaped thermoelectric generator was designed with n-type Mg2Si and p-type higher manganese silicide as higher temperature segments and n-type and p-type Bi-Te based compounds as low temperature legs. A new design of a dovetail-shaped AlN-Cu composite as an electrode enabled linear-shaped thermoelectric generator to be securely bonded to the combustion chamber walls by using shrink-fit-joining method. As-assembled linear thermoelectric generator is lighter in generating more power output as compared with conventional π-shaped thermoelectric generator. The linear thermoelectric module generates the output power of 0.513 W under 500 C temperature difference and the specific power density was measured at 89.3 W/kg, the output power was improved by 7% and the specific power density more than 2 times, as compared with those of the π-shaped thermoelectric module based on the same set of thermoelectric materials and temperature differential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-68
Number of pages8
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Apr


  • Fe-SMA
  • HMS
  • Linear thermoelectric generator
  • MgSi
  • Shrink-fit integration
  • Specific power density

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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