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dc.contributor.authorChen, Jieen_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-09T09:00:50Z
dc.date.available2016-02-09T09:00:50Z
dc.date.issued2016-02-08en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:7169en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/64792
dc.description.abstractIn this work, a thermoelectric energy harvester system aimed at harvesting energy for locally powering sensor nodes in nuclear power plant coolant loops has been designed, fabricated and tested. Different mathematical modeling methods have been validated by comparing with experimental results. The model developed by this work has the best accuracy in low temperature range and can be adapted and used with any heat sink, heat pipe, or thermoelectric system, and have proven to provide results closely matching experimental data. Using the models, an optimization of the thermoelectric energy harvesting system has been performed which is applicable to any energy harvester of this variety. With experimental validation, the system is capable of generating sufficient energy to power all the sensors and electronical circuits designed for this application. The effect of gamma radiation on this thermoelectric harvester has also been proved to be small enough through radiation experiment.en_US
dc.format.mediumETDen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectthermoelectric generatoren_US
dc.subjectnuclear power plant monitoringen_US
dc.subjectmodelingen_US
dc.subjectoptimizationen_US
dc.titleDesign and analysis of a thermoelectric energy harvesting system for powering sensing nodes in nuclear power planten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairZuo, Leien_US
dc.contributor.committeememberVick, Brianen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHeibel, Michael Daviden_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHuxtable, Scott T.en_US


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