Control system for thermal module vehicle

  • US 20060130490A1
  • Filed: 01/31/2005
  • Published: 06/22/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/20/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A device for thermally conditioning and moving a fluid, comprising:

  • a thermoelectric device to convert electrical energy into thermal energy producing a temperature change in response to an electrical current being applied thereto, a fluid transfer device to produce a fluid flow that is in thermal communication with the thermoelectric device so that the thermal energy generated by the thermoelectric device is transferred to the fluid flow;

    a housing having an outlet and an inlet through which the fluid flow is directed, the thermoelectric device and the fluid transfer device being positioned at least partially within the housing;

    a sensor configured to provide a temperature signal that is indicative of the temperature of the fluid flow; and

    a control unit coupled to the housing and operatively connected to the sensor, the control unit configured to receive a set point signal that is indicative of a desired temperature of the fluid flow and, based upon the set point signal and the temperature signal, to control the thermoelectric device and the fluid transfer device.

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