Created washable sensor that can weave the fabric of

Forget about the smart watch. It's time to smart shirts. Researchers from the UBC Okanagan School of Engineering have developed an inexpensive sensor that can be inserted into the fabric and composite materials. Although the research is still relatively new, this sensor could pave the way for smart clothing that can monitor the movements of the person. Built microscopic sensor is able to recognize the local movement of the stretchable woven filaments treated graphene nanoplatelets.

Created washable sensor that can weave the fabric of

They, in turn, are able to read the activity of the body, explains Professor of Engineering Ming Hufar.

Sensors for smart clothes

"Microscopic sensors change their way of seeing the cars and people," says Hufar. "The combination of shrinking technology with increased accuracy promises a very bright future in this field."

This "shrinking technology" used a phenomenon called piezoresistive resistance - electromechanical response of the material when it is under pressure. These tiny sensor shown great promise in the detection of human movement may be used to monitor the heart rate or temperature control Hufar explained.

Her research shows the potential of a low-cost, sensitive, and a stretch of the yarn sensor. It can be woven into the spandex, and then wrapped in a flexible silicone shell. Such a coating protects the conductive layer from unpleasant for him and will create conditions washable sensors that can be worn on clothing.

Created washable sensor that can weave the fabric of

While the idea of ​​smart clothing - fabrics that can prompt the user when it is necessary to have a drink or relax when - could change the industry of athletics, UBC Professor Abbas Milani believes that the probe will find other uses. It can track the deformation of composite fabrics reinforced with fibers that are currently used in the automotive, aerospace and marine industries.

Inexpensive stretchable composite sensor has also demonstrated high sensitivity and ability to detect small deformation such as yarn tension and strain in inaccessible places within the composite laminates. Tests show that further improve the accuracy of the sensor can be achieved through accurate selection of the material mixture, which consists of a sensor, and improving its electrical conductivity and sensitivity. Such a sensor could detect the "shrinkage fibers" in the process of production of advanced composite structures used in aircraft or the vehicle body.

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