Efficiency of inhomogeneous thermoelectric generators
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We revisit the classical problem of the efficiency of inhomogeneous thermoelectric generators. The effects of different physical parameters on the effciency of a generator are studied by solving the Domenicaliﾒs equation numerically. It is found that the efficiency of a thermoelectric generator is insensitive to both the electrical resistivity and thermal conductivity. However, the efficiency of a thermoelectric generator can be improved by various designs of the Seebeck coefficient
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