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Development of a cooling fabric from conducting polymer coated fibres: proof of concept

Hu, Eric, Kaynak, Akif and Li, Yuncang 2005, Development of a cooling fabric from conducting polymer coated fibres: proof of concept, Synthetic metals, vol. 150, no. 2, pp. 139-143.

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Title Development of a cooling fabric from conducting polymer coated fibres: proof of concept
Author(s) Hu, Eric
Kaynak, Akif
Li, Yuncang
Journal name Synthetic metals
Volume number 150
Issue number 2
Start page 139
End page 143
Publisher Elsevier Sequoia
Place of publication Lausanne, Switzerland
Publication date 2005-04-30
ISSN 0379-6779
Keyword(s) cooling effect
peltier effect
conducting polymers
textiles
Summary It is supposed that there should be a thermal electric effect if a dc current is applied across two dissimilar conducting polymers, similar to so called “Peltier effect” in metals or semiconductors. However, this hypothesis has not been tested on conducting polymers and using these materials to make cooling fabrics has never been attempted before. Polypyrrole coated fabrics were used to test the hypothesis in this preliminary study. Seebeck and the Peltier effects were proven to exist. However, thermoelectricity effect between two conducting polymer coated fabric samples was only about 10 μV/°C. Cooling effect by conductive polymer powder was achieved but performance was unsteady due to electrical degradation of the conducting polymer. Nevertheless, the concept was demonstrated and the development of a cooling fabric is possible.


Language eng
Field of Research 091209 Polymers and Plastics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Elsevier B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002998

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