A nonlinear thermodynamic model for a breakdown of the Onsager symmetry and the efficiency of thermoelectric conversion in nanowires

V. A. Cimmelli, A. Sellitto, D. Jou

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Abstract

© 2014 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved. We consider non-equilibrium steady-state situations for thermoelectric systems with non-local and nonlinear effects. We show that the Onsager symmetry relations for effective transport coefficients break down. We also estimate the consequences of such a breakdown for the efficiency of the thermoelectric energy conversion which, under some conditions, could be higher than in the usual linear regime with Onsager symmetry.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20140265
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Volume470
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2014

Keywords

  • Effective Peltier coefficient
  • Nonlinear thermoelectric equations
  • Onsager reciprocal relations
  • Second Kelvin relation
  • Thermoelectric effects
  • Thermoelectric efficiency

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