Toward textile-based heating devices for the distal extremities: Experimental characterization of system design parameters

Ellen Dupler, Nika Gagliardi, Esther Foo, Simon Ozbek, Sophia Utset-Ward, Lucy Dunne

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Abstract

Supplemental heating systems for the distal extremities often require a tradeoff between wearability and thermal comfort. Textile-based thermal actuation helps manage this tradeoff by increasing comfort of on-body systems. However, textile-based thermal actuation also presents important limitations in the form of current requirements, control structures, and thermal flux afforded. Further, on-body active thermal control is affected by three intersecting thermal systems: the environment, the human body, and the active heating system. Here, we present lessons learned from iterative development of textile-based wearable systems (V1, V2) designed to heat the distal extremities. Experimental characterization of textile actuator power/temperature relationships and limits; actuator performance in cool ambient temperatures and in on-body conditions; and efficacy of closed-loop duty cycle control of actuated skin temperature are presented, and implications of these characteristics for garment system design are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Biomedical Devices, BIOMED - 2019 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2019
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791841037
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event2019 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2019 - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: Apr 15 2019Apr 18 2019

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Biomedical Devices, BIOMED - 2019 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2019

Conference

Conference2019 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2019
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis
Period4/15/194/18/19

Keywords

  • E-textiles
  • Thermal systems
  • Thermoregulation
  • Wearable technology

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