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Electric drive systems including smoothing capacitor cooling devices and systems

United States Patent

February 28, 2017
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An electric drive system includes a smoothing capacitor including at least one terminal, a bus bar electrically coupled to the at least one terminal, a thermoelectric device including a first side and a second side positioned opposite the first side, where the first side is thermally coupled to at least one of the at least one terminal and the bus bar, and a cooling element thermally coupled to the second side of the thermoelectric device, where the cooling element dissipates heat from the thermoelectric device.
Dede; Ercan Mehmet (Ann Arbor, MI), Zhou; Feng (Ann Arbor, MI)
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Erlanger, KY)
14/ 857,147
September 17, 2015
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST The subject matter of the present disclosure was developed with government support under Department of Energy Cooperative Agreement DE-EE0006429 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Accordingly, the government has certain rights in the subject matter of the present disclosure.