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Self-Charging Heated Gloves: Physics of Mechanical Motion towards Energy Generation

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

Publication Date

August 23, 2022

Start Date

June 26, 2022

End Date

June 29, 2022

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Engineering Physics and Physics Division Technical Session 3

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Bala Maheswaran Northeastern University

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Bala Maheswaran is currently a senior faculty in the College of Engineering, Northeastern University. He has contributed and authored over one hundred publications consisting of original research and education-related papers, and conference proceedings. He has over twenty years of experience in teaching at Northeastern University. He is the Chair of the Engineering Physics Division, ASEE, Chair and executive board member, ASEE NE Section; the co-chair of TASME Conference (Technological Advances in Science, Medicine and Engineering, Toronto, Canada), Academic Member and the Unit Head, Electrical Engineering, ATINER (Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece).

A charismatic educator, Dr. Maheswaran has received several awards including the Northeastern University first-year Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award twice, the ASEE-Northeast Section Outstanding Teaching Award, the ASEE Division Distinguished Educator and Service Award. He was also the nominee for the ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Medal and nominated to be the ASEE Fellow. Honoring his outstanding contribution, the TASME presented an award in his name at the 24th year award ceremony: “Dr. Bala Maheswaran Junior Faculty Award 2020 for Excellence in Science Education”, and awarded him the Life Time Achievement Award in 2021.

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Laetitia Khlat Northeastern University

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It is more challenging to maneuver and perform your daily chores and activities during the wintertime. Working in a cold environment can cause several adverse effects on human performance and health. Workers suffering from exposure to the cold can experience thermal discomfort, increased strain, decreased performance, and cold-related diseases and injuries such as frostbite and hypothermia. The winter season makes it challenging to go outside and perform outdoor chores and activities without the proper attire. Keeping your hands warm is especially crucial because they lose heat very fast if exposed directly to the elements. There is only so much warmth that a thin layer of fabric can provide. On those extra chilly days, the freezing temperatures and blistering winds can seemingly cut right through your gloves and leave your fingers numb. In this paper, we develop a self-heated glove with power generated from the movement of your hand. Like a squeeze flashlight, the depression of a handle will power a motor and create an electrical current. As the current flows through the heating plates woven into the glove's fabric, the plate will release heat to the glove. By using the power of your hands, you will stay comfortable and warm while enjoying outdoor winter activities. The paper also describes the prototype, data, and future applications of the system. What's more, this work teaches students to master various skills, such as research, collaboration, design, construction, and technical writing.

Maheswaran, B., & Khlat, L. (2022, August), Self-Charging Heated Gloves: Physics of Mechanical Motion towards Energy Generation Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. 10.18260/1-2--40453

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