Stanford researchers devised a new material that will slowly replace the need for air conditioning devices. Polyethylene clothing will keep people fashionably cool in the summer, making the season more bearable.
The scientist created a textile bases on plastic that can be combined with traditional clothing fabric in order to help the wearer feel cooler during temperature spikes. According to them, the new material will be more efficient than the natural or synthetic fibers that are currently used for making clothing.
Yi Cui, one of the Stanford researchers that contributed to the invention, stated that the material would prove useful since it would minimize the need for air conditioning devices that need lots of energy to cool a single room.
According to the report, individuals wearing polyethylene clothing will feel approximately 4 degrees Fahrenheit cooler in their new garments than those wearing cotton clothes.
The new material is based on polyethylene, the clear plastic wrap that is present in nearly every kitchen in the country. Contrary to popular belief, the plastic material allows perspiration to evaporate, while also allowing body heat to be eliminated.
Shanhui Fan, an electrical engineering professor, stated that:
“40 to 60 percent of our body heat is dissipated as infrared radiation when we are sitting in an office. But until now there has been little or no research on designing the thermal radiation characteristics of textiles.”
Currently, the team in charge of the project is attempting to add more cloth-like characteristics to the material, additional textures, and extra colors.
Furthermore, Fan declared that the ultimate goal is to create a type of material that will either trap or release infrared radiation according to the weather outside, thus preserving significant quantities of energy.
“In hindsight, some of what we’ve done looks very simple, but it’s because few have really been looking at engineering the radiation characteristics of textiles,” Fan said.
More information on the study can be found in the Science journal. The paper was published on September, 1st.
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