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Thermoelectric polymer composite yarns and an energy harvesting wearable textile

Pope, Jonathan and Lekakou, Constantina (Tina) (2019) Thermoelectric polymer composite yarns and an energy harvesting wearable textile Smart Materials and Structures, 28 (9), 095006. pp. 1-14.

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A thermoelectric wearable is proposed based on an innovative 3d wearable design, with p- type polymer impregnated cotton yarns and n-type polymer impregnated cotton yarns, where the ratio of the p-/n-type yarn cross-sections is optimised to maximise the thermoelectric conversion efficiency. The thermoelectric yarns are embroidered through a double-layer cotton fabric, using plain-stitch, and connected via painted silver electrodag patches. The first stage of this study involved the characterisation of P3HT-, PEDOT:PSS- and PCBM-cotton fabric composite samples, in terms of their fibre volume fraction, specific heat capacity, thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, Z and power factors. In this initial assessment, P3HT was selected as the p-type polymer compared to PEDOT:PSS, and PCBM was selected as the n-type polymer. A small, 3d wearable prototype was fabricated and tested: it exhibited a Seebeck coefficient of 380 mV K-1 but a relatively high resistance. It was estimated that scaling up this thermoelectric wearable to body coverage would produce about 1.5-2 mW for a temperature difference of 40 oC applied on the thermoelectric device.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering Sciences
Authors :
Pope, Jonathan
Lekakou, Constantina (Tina)
Date : 31 July 2019
DOI : 10.1088/1361-665X/ab1cc1
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 IOP Publishing Ltd. As the Version of Record of this article is going to be/has been published on a subscription basis, this Accepted Manuscript will be available for reuse under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 licence after a 12 month embargo period. Although reasonable endeavours have been taken to obtain all necessary permissions from third parties to include their copyrighted content within this article, their full citation and copyright line may not be present in this Accepted Manuscript version. Before using any content from this article, please refer to the Version of Record on IOPscience once published for full citation and copyright details, as permission may be required. All third party content is fully copyright protected, unless specifically stated otherwise in the figure caption of the Version of Record.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Thermoelectric; Fabric; Cloth; Organic semiconductors; P3HT; PCBM; PEDOT:PSS; cotton
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 14 May 2019 08:57
Last Modified : 27 Apr 2020 02:08

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