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Development of Packaging and Modular Control of Thermoelectric Clothes Dryer, With Performance Evaluation

[+] Author Affiliations
Viral K. Patel, Kyle R. Gluesenkamp

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

Paper No. IPACK2017-74243, pp. V001T04A009; 6 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems collocated with the ASME 2017 Conference on Information Storage and Processing Systems
  • ASME 2017 International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems
  • San Francisco, California, USA, August 29–September 1, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5809-7
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


This paper provides an overview of a thermoelectric heat pump clothes dryer which was developed with the aim of reducing the significant primary energy consumption attributed to residential electric clothes drying in the United States (623 TBtu/yr). The use of thermoelectric modules in place of the conventional electric resistance heater resulted in a 40% reduction in the energy consumption of the system, compared to the minimum energy efficiency standard. This was achieved for the first time for a standard test load of 8.45 lb, using a clothes dryer prototype with a thermoelectric heat pump module as the sole heating mechanism. The current experimental prototype was developed after extensive modeling, system design and control optimization, and experimental system-level evaluation of control parameters. The demonstration of improved energy consumption has laid the foundation for future development of this technology.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME



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