Bionics in textiles: flexible and translucent thermal insulations for solar thermal applications

  title={Bionics in textiles: flexible and translucent thermal insulations for solar thermal applications},
  author={Thomas Stegmaier and Michael Linke and Heinrich Planck},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences},
  pages={1749 - 1758}
  • T. StegmaierM. LinkeH. Planck
  • Published 13 May 2009
  • Physics
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Solar thermal collectors used at present consist of rigid and heavy materials, which are the reasons for their immobility. Based on the solar function of polar bear fur and skin, new collector systems are in development, which are flexible and mobile. The developed transparent heat insulation material consists of a spacer textile based on translucent polymer fibres coated with transparent silicone rubber. For incident light of the visible spectrum the system is translucent, but impermeable for… 

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