Enhanced thermal performance of garments embedded with encapsulated phase change material

John A. Gear, Michael J. Lachut, Yan Ding

Abstract


The thermal storage and insulation properties of garments enhanced with phase change material (PCM) will be investigated using a finite difference procedure. A diver dry suit embedded with micro-encapsulated PCM will be shown to enhance thermal protection under extreme temperature conditions. Under conditions of high body heat production a garment embedded with Macro-encapsulated PCM is shown to absorb excess heat while maintaining a relatively constant temperature.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21914/anziamj.v47i0.1035



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