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Geng H.,Harbin Institute of Technology | Geng H.,R and D Division Furukawa Co. | Ochi T.,R and D Division Furukawa Co. | Suzuki S.,R and D Division Furukawa Co. | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Electronic Materials | Year: 2013

Bulk multifilled n- and p-type skutterudites with La as the main filler were fabricated using the spark plasma sintering (SPS) method. The thermoelectric properties and thermal stability of these skutterudites were investigated. It was found that the interactions among the filling atoms also play a vital role in reducing the lattice thermal conductivity of the multifilled skutterudites. ZT = 0.76 for p-type La0.8Ba 0.01Ga0.1Ti0.1Fe3CoSb12 and ZT = 1.0 for n-type La0.3Ca0.1Al0.1Ga 0.1In0.2Co3.75Fe0.25Sb12 skutterudites have been achieved. Furthermore, the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results show that there is no skutterudite phase decomposition till 750 C for the La0.8Ba0.01Ga0.1Ti 0.1Fe3CoSb12 sample. The thermal stability of the La0.8Ba0.01Ga0.1Ti0.1Fe 3CoSb12 skutterudite is greatly improved. Using the developed multifilled skutterudites, the fabricated module with size of 50 mm × 50 mm × 7.6 mm possesses maximum output power of 32 W under the condition of hot/cold sides = 600 C/50 C. © 2013 TMS.

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