Effect of conjugate heat transfer in designing thermoelectric beverage cooler

Document Type: Research Paper


1 Engineering Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

2 Renewable Energies Department, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia

3 Mechanical Engineering Faculty, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran


Peltier technology opens new opportunities for special applications. In the current project, this technology was applied to design and fabricate a portable thermoelectric beverage cooler and thermoelectric cup. The simulation and results of the experiment showed that the common beverage cooler is not a suitable design for ignoring the effect of natural convection in cooling. In our thermoelectric cup, the drawbacks of previous design were eliminated. The advantages of the present design over the former design are the heat sink's temperature reduction from 60°C to about 31°C, and the cooling process enhancement, such that the water was cooled down to about 7°C.


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