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Warm winter pcm (phase change material) boots

One of the most important issues for winter shoes is how to keep feet warm and comfortable while outside temperatures are below zero. The project is based on research.

The main aim of the project is to develop warm winter boots by integrating a phase change material (PCM) in them. A) SCIENTIFIC AIMS: The project is foreseen as a three-year task: In the first phase, market research will be conducted to evaluate the PCM already used in the shoe sector. With this information, the right phase change temperature will be selected and the right materials chosen. The next step will be the integration of the PCM in the winter shoe, which will probably mean micro-encapsulation of the PCM, and the design of the product. Following this, a few samples will be produced for testing in the laboratory and in real environments. Finally, integration of the new product into production will take place so that products can be on the market at the end of the project. B) INDUSTRIAL AIMS: - Developing methodology for incorporation of the substance into a matrix or formulation (microcapsules, film) that provides a prolonged effect. - Developing methodology for incorporating the formulation (a) into the shoe/footwear/inner sock/lining. - Selecting the product (shoe/footwear) suitable for the pilot development depending of whether the compound is designed to act on the human skin or on the shoe. - Developing the manufacturing processes for these components. - Developing and adapting testing technologies for the functional components and the shoe. Keywords: PCM (Phase Change Material), boots, ski boot.
Acronym: 
WARMSKIBOOT
Project ID: 
3 899
Start date: 
01-05-2006
Project Duration: 
38months
Project costs: 
1 330 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Footwear / Leather Technology
Market Area: 
Clothing, shoes and accessories (including jewellery)

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