Thermal Energy Storage Materials (PCMs) for Textile Applications

Dakuri Arjun, J. Hayavadana


Phase change materials (PCMs) can absorb, store and release energy in the form of heat. Latent heat storage is one of the most efficient ways of storing thermal energy and it provides much higher storage density with smaller temperature difference between storing and releasing heat. These materials change its phase and absorb energy during the heating process and release the same to the environment during the reverse cooling process. This paper reviews the work on thermal energy storage materials, development of PCMs, classification, working principle of PCMs and working of PCMs in clothing. The review also summarizes the evaluation of textiles containing PCMs and different applications.

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