Thermoregulating and Hydrating Microcapsules: Contributions of Textile Technology in the Design of Wearable Products for Wheelchair Dependents

  • Veridianna Cristina Teodoro FerreiraEmail author
  • Agda CarvalhoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11582)


In this essay we present a number of functionalization methods for textiles through the use of microcapsules. For this purpose, the text explores the contributions of textile technology and reports on ways to obtain the functionalization of active components in textiles, as well as the possibilities of using encapsulation in everyday life. We also discuss the ways in which the microcapsules can be applied to fabrics and examine the durability of the properties with the everyday use. For a better understanding of the durability question, it is presented a research developed by the Minho University in 2011, which exposes the losses and damages of the microcapsules caused by daily maintenance. Though the possibilities of functionalization using this technique are manifold, in this essay we focus on the disabled body, specifically vis-à-vis wheelchair dependents who actively participate in the labor market, on account of the consequences that arise from remaining in the same position for hours. Thus, we present thermoregulating microcapsules that control the temperature of the skin, and moisturizing microcapsules that maintain the skin appropriately moisturized, with an aim to prevent pressure ulcers caused by excessive heat and friction. Through the use of microcapsules applied to the structure of textiles, we aim to provide greater comfort to the body of the wheelchair dependent, enabling the maintenance of adequate skin temperature and moisture levels, and thus preventing lesions caused by the lack of body movement.


Product design Textile technology Thermoregulating and moisturizing microcapsules Wheelchair dependents Pressure ulcers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate Program in DesignAnhembi Morumbi UniversitySão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Graduate Program in DesignAnhembi Morumbi University; and Graduate Program in Arts, UNESPSão PauloBrazil

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