Setembro 2016 vol. 8 num. 2 - The 10th Conference of the International Committee for Design History & Design Studies
Article - Open Access.
Exploring phase change materials in gloves to regulate body temperature
There are two types of Phase Change Materials (PCMs) which have been developed and adopted in textiles: heat (energy released) and cool (energy absorbed). This paper discusses current PCM applications in gloves and explores future usage. Laboratory research design was used to explore the application of PCM in the design of protective gloves to determine if there was improved thermal regulation. Prototype gloves were developed using a 35% cotton/65% polyester blend interlock material which comprised of a top and bottom layer. The middle layer was a coated PCM fabric. A final layer using PANEX, a weave carbon fabric, surrounded the other layers and formed the outer shell of the glove. Preliminary tests indicate that absorbency or release of heat (energy) while changing states within this glove structure will provide a benefit for the wearer. Future research will test these gloves in working conditions.
Palavras-chave: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), gloves, Phase Change Materials (PCM), hand function,
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LIN, Shu-Hwa; CHANG, Chih-Pong; BOORADY, Lynn M.; ASHDOWN, Susan P.; "Exploring phase change materials in gloves to regulate body temperature", p. 214-217 . In: Wong, Wendy Siuyi; Kikuchi, Yuko & Lin, Tingyi (Eds.). Making Trans/National Contemporary Design History [=ICDHS 2016 – 10th Conference of the International Committee for Design History & Design Studies].
São Paulo: Blucher,
ISSN 2318-6968, DOI 10.5151/despro-icdhs2016-03_006
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