The aim of the project is to obtain and to demonstrate the functionality of an innovative conductive composite material having a positive temperature coefficient (PTC) effect, recently developed as an optimized experimental model within the ICPE-CA and the exploitation of the results obtained so far by developing a model with direct practical applicability, with the prospect of being introduced into manufacture, namely a heating cable with self-regulating temperature properties.
The key element of the proposed cable is the mentioned conductive composite material that produces heat through the Joule effect and is able to self-regulate its temperature by electric percolation-depercolation effects at a certain temperature specific to the respective material.
Such a cable can be integrated into interior (floor) or exterior (paving, roof) construction elements to ensure a certain constant ambient temperature of the house and to prevent the formation of ice, respectively.
Therefore, within the project it is proposed the experimental realization, based on a laboratory technology, of a heating cable model with self-regulating temperature effect and testing of its functional characteristics. The results will be useful for demonstrating the functionality of the model and will allow the transition to a higher stage in results exploitation by their transfer to a manufacturer.

Research teams:
Coordinator – INCDIE ICPE-CA Bucharest
13 people of whom:
– 12 researchers (2 postdoctoral researchers; 2 people under 35)
– 1 technician

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Partner P1 – ICPE SA Bucharest
7 people of which:
– 7 researchers

Partner P2 – UPB
4 people of which:
– 3 researchers (1 postdoctoral researcher; 1 person under 35)
– 1 technician

Project objectives:
The general objective of the project PN-III-P2-2.1-PED-2019-3073 entitled: ”Self-regulating temperature heating cable for home heating and preventing ice formation on building’s adjacent surfaces” (Acronim: SMARTHC) is the realization of a functional model of heating cable with thermal self-regulation effect and its testing in order to demonstrate the functionality.

Specific objectives:
O1. Defining the cable structure, establishing the laboratory technology, and achieving the necessary SDV;
O2. Obtaining and characterizing the resistive material intended for making the cable;
O3. Making the cable with thermal self-regulation effect
O4. Testing and demonstration of the functionality of the heating cable with thermal self-regulating effect (demonstration).
O5. Validation of the functional cable model with thermal self-regulation effect and the related laboratory technology, in laboratory conditions
O6. Dissemination of results.

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