A Fabric Cools Or Heats Up Depending On The Surrounding
In general, there are fabrics used depending on the weather conditions like in winter the warm clothes are taken out whereas in the case of summer the cotton is more preferred. But a team of researchers has recently worked on putting the sweater to some work. The gloves and hats have already got the technology edge like the thermal regulation added to it. However, it will be for the very first time that the fabric will have property for changing its properties depending on the environment.
A team from the University of Maryland has developed a new type of fabric with a hi-tech edge added to it. The new fabric lets heat pass more through it during the moist and warm conditions in case of sweaty users whereas in cooler or dry conditions reduces heat to escape into a cold condition. The strings of the fabric are where its secret lies. The fabric’s yarns are made using two artificially made materials coated with carbon nanotubes. These give the materials the property of absorbing water as well as repelling water by wrapping itself. The carbon nanotubes come closer in case of water, such as sweat, wherein the pores of the fabric open up. The distance between the fabric yarns helps maintain the body radiation control and interaction.
According to Professor Min Ouyang, the human body acts as a radiator and thus, the method of regulating the radiator has been taken to the clothes. The new fabric is wholly a bidirectional regulator. Before commercializing the product, it has to be thoroughly researched. The base fiber making materials and the carbon-nanotubes coating are all readily available. The fabric’s pores adjust so quickly that the wearer may not even realize the changes taking place. A future without intra office thermostat wars is worth waiting for the product’s commercialization. The weight and charge is the major issue when it comes to wearable biosensors for health monitoring. Thus, University of Massachusetts Amherst scientists’ team led by Materials Chemist Trisha L. Andrew has a technique made for charge-storing system purpose that can be integrated into any clothing.