Pocketable and Smart Electrohydrodynamic Pump for Clothes

Yu Kuwajima, Yuya Yamaguchi, Yuhei Yamada, Takafumi Morita, Ardi Wiranata, Ayato Minaminosono, Naoki Hosoya, Yasuaki Kakehi, Shingo Maeda

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Abstract

Seamlessly fusing fashion and functionality can redefine wearable technology and enhance the quality of life. We propose a pocketable and smart electrohydrodynamic pump (PSEP) with self-sensing capability for wearable thermal controls. Overcoming the constraints of traditional liquid-cooled wearables, PSEP with dimensions of 10 × 2 × 1.05 cm and a weight of 10 g is sufficiently compact to fit into a shirt pocket, providing stylish and unobtrusive thermal control. Silent operation coupled with the unique self-sensing ability to monitor the flow rate ensures system reliability without cumbersome additional components. The significant contribution of our study is the formulation and validation of a theoretical model for self-sensing in EHD pumps, thereby introducing an innovative functionality to EHD pump technology. PSEP can deliver temperature changes of up to 3 °C, considerably improving personal comfort. Additionally, the PSEP system features an intuitive, smartphone-compatible interface for seamless wireless control and monitoring, enhancing user interaction and convenience. Furthermore, the ability to detect and notify users of flow blockages, achieved by self-sensing, ensures an efficient and long-term operation. Through its blend of compact design, intelligent functionality, and stylish integration into daily wear, PSEP reshapes the landscape of wearable thermal control technology and offers a promising avenue for enhancing personal comfort in daily life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1883-1891
Number of pages9
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024 Jan 10

Keywords

  • electrohydrodynamics
  • pump
  • self-sensing
  • thermal control
  • wearable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science

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