Developing a Heating Panel for Protective Garment
Heating panels can be used in protective clothing when the employee works in cold weather conditions. One possible option is to use conductive yarns inside the fabric structure to develop electrical circuit in the fabric for fabric heating. For the performance of the heating structures, uniform distribution and dissipation of heat are important characteristics that should be well controlled by the location of heating elements in a close proximity to the heated area. In this study the design of heating panels based on e-textile design concepts is aimed. The e-textile architecture of the heating panels was formed using stainless steel conductive yarn that was successfully embedded via sewing technique on the textile structure. Different kinds of fabrics were combined in order to obtain functional protective clothing system.