An Electric Patch Can Maintain Body Temperature With Very Low Power Consumption

An Electric Patch Can Maintain Body Temperature With Very Low Power Consumption

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According to research conducted by a team of engineers at Rutgers and Oregon State University, through which an innovative and highly-cost effective way has been discovered to keep the body warm at lower temperatures by making heat patches. These durable heat patches would work efficiently when the tiny silver wires will be fused with polyester by using intense light pulses. The recently developed heat patches perform 70% better than the similarly developed patches by other methods.

The uniqueness of this technology is its features such as inexpensive, can be operated by the power of coin batteries, and are able to generate warmth for the specific parts of the human body.

Rajiv Malhotra—senior author of the study and assistant professor at Rutgers University—said that this research is significant in the current world, where a huge amount of energy has been wasted by heating the whole surroundings instead of specifically heating the human body.

As per the estimates, around 47% of total energy is consumed for indoor heating, out of which almost 42% of that energy is unessentially used in heating the remaining environment. This research can solve the global energy disaster, which would consume very less power for indoor heating.

Personal thermal management is looking for an emerging potential solution of majorly conserving thermal energy. In future, such patches may also be successfully used to warm anyone under any type of surrounding environment.

The silver wires used by the team are extremely thin, which are fused to polyester. And the process very quick, which requires just a few nanoseconds to get activated. The research is funded by Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund and the National Science Foundation.

The next goal of this research would be to upgrade the technology by equipping multiple circuits and sensors. Also, the research team wants to decide around the estimated position and number of patches would be required to maintain the human body temperature.