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Testing of the Electrical System Components Integrated in the Textiles

By Ingrīda Šahta, Ilze Baltiņa and Madara Pūce


New types of textile products – smart textile - compliance with the requirements of wearability and durability need to be confirmed by tests. To determine the suitability of smart clothes with an integrated textile-based switch with contact - electrodes sewn of conductive threads for wearing the following tests are carried out: 15 washing cycles and 8000 pressure cycles for switches. The purpose of the experiments - to find out how changes electrical and physical properties during the use of the textile-based conductive elements. Results of the tests with textile-based push switches showed that the effect of repeated pressure deformation on the electrical conductivity of switches is insignificant, while washing effect on switches depends on the used material type: for example, electrical resistance of switches with fusible interlinings has increased by 1-2.5 Ω, but for samples without the fusible interlinings - about 9-9.5 Ω. The thickness of switches is affected both by repeated pressure deformation and washing cycles

Topics: smart textiles, electronic textiles, textile-based switch, conductive yarns
Publisher: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology
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