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Product DescriptionThe primary focus of this project is to develop a waste heat recovery power unit for a typical car exhaust system to improve the overall efficiency. A specific car will be selected during the early stages of the project by the student team with agreement from the sponsor. The thermoelectric power module should generate minimum of 100 watts of power during the carÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s normal cruising speeds above any parasitic power requirements needed to operate the system. The system should be able to be directly integrated in the carÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s electrical system. The prototype will be tested using the thermoelectric exhaust heat simulator developed during a previous senior design project (P07442). The power module should be tested over a range of typical operating conditions of the choosen car and prediction made about the overall operating performance for student and sponsor selected driving profiles. This project is an early step in building RITÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s capabilities at developing electrical power producing applications using current and future generation of thermoelectric modules. This project is part of the Next Generation Thermoelectric System family of projects.
Key Business GoalsThe key business goals are:
- Develop a first generation exhaust waste heat generation module using thermolectrics.
- Develop a method for testing a power module and predicting performance for different driving profiles.
Primary MarketSustainable Energy Engineering Lab Thermoelectric Research Activities
Secondary MarketAuto industry Thermoelectric industry
Assumptions and Constraints
- $3,000 for entire project, but additional funds can be negotiated with sponsor during the concept and technical design phases of the project.
- The exhaust simulator test stand in the Sustainable Energy Engineering Lab will be fully operational by the start of the project.
- 22 weeks to complete the project.
- Rob Stevens
- Sustainable Energy Engineering Lab