The electrocaloric effect (ECE) is a phenomenon in which reversible temperature and entropy changes of a material due to polarization appear under the application and removal of an electric field. Materials with a giant ECE have recently been reported, suggesting practical application in cooling devices. In this paper, a refrigeration system composed of silicon MEMS cooling elements is designed based on the ECE in a terpolymer. Finite element simulations are performed to explore the system performance. The effect of the form of the applied electric field is studied. The time lag between the electric field and the diaphragm motion is found to affect the cooling power significantly. A parametric study of the operating frequency is also conducted. The results indicate that when the system is operated at a temperature difference of 5 K, a cooling power density of 2 W/cm2 is achieved for one element.

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