Microencapsulated Phase Change Materials (MicroPCMs) have been widely used as filler material to develop thermo-regulating textile composites. Phase Change Materials (PCM) has unique property of latent heat that can absorb and release energy over constant temperature range. In this Work a method is developed to predict the effective thermal conductivity of microencapsulated PCM coated woven fabrics via finite element analysis (FEA). For this purpose unit cell of MicroPCMs as coated material and woven fabrics were developed and analysed by applying different boundary conditions. Validation of the models was carried out on the basis of strong correlation in effective thermal conductivity values of the MicroPCMs coated fabrics between experimental results and the predicted results from post-processing calculation by finite element method.
- Microencapsulated Phase change materials (MicroPCMs)
- finite element analysis
- functional fabric composite
- effective thermal conductivity