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Integration methods for thermosensitive gel systems in garments

: Reich, A.; Rödel, H.; Stoll, A.; Liske, A.; Zehm, D.


Priniotakis, G. ; Association of Universities for Textiles - AUTEX-:
17th World Textile Conference AUTEX 2017. Shaping the future of textiles : 29-31 May 2017, Corfu, Greece
Bristol: IOP Publishing, 2017 (IOP conference series. Materials science and engineering 254)
ISBN: 978-1-5108-5204-4
Art. 072019, 7 pp.
World Textile Conference <17, 2017, Corfu>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IAP ()

Humans live and work under severe thermophysiological conditions, which are characterized by extreme temperatures and humidities. Furthermore, additional burdens can arise from physical activities of the human body or the work conditions (resulting in psychological stress) [1]. The thermoregulation of the human body compensates such situations and maintains the core body temperature at 37°C (98,6 °F). The currently used systems for supporting human thermoregulation, such as PCM-equipped surface structures or mobile water-based cooling units have the disadvantage that the running cooling process is neither switchable nor reversible. Another promising possibility for a personal cooling is the use of temperature-dependent superabsorbers (so-called LCST and UCST) in garments, which absorb the human sweat and transmit it to the environment by evaporation. Cooling during evaporation results in heat transfer from the human body.