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MAE PhD Defense – Amanda Myers
October 27, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
TITLE: Textile Considerations for Wearable Thermal Energy Harvesting: Knit Structures and Body Mapping
ADVISORS: Dr. Jesse Jur & Dr. Larry Silverberg
DATE & TIME: Friday, October 27, 2017 at 9 AM
LOCATION: EB3 – 3235
To improve thermal energy harvesting from the body, a complex set of microclimates, components, and functions must be considered in relation to each other. While much literature on energy harvesting improvements highlights the importance of device and material optimization, little focus has been geared towards improving the system as a whole. The objective of this work is to integrate thermal energy harvesters into a knit textile and to generate a power generation map for locations and scenarios from thermal energy harvesting on the body. Previous results led the design of a knitted shirt with structured stitches that promote energy harvesting. The results of this work quantify how a wearable device will perform throughout daily activities which aids in choosing the most appropriate design for a particular application. This will lead to further investigation into quantifying the effect that the construction of a textile has on TEG performance as well as on consumer comfort.
Amanda attended Mississippi State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Following graduation she started the PhD program at NC State University in mechanical engineering under Dr. Yong Zhu. After receiving her M.S. she began working under Dr. Jesse Jur in the College of Textiles and was co-advised by Dr. Larry Silverberg. While at NC State, she served as SLC President for the ASSIST Center and was active in the NC State Chorale. Her research interests include thermal energy harvesting, wearable technology, and smart textiles.