Multidisciplinary Know-How for Smart-Textiles Developers

1st Edition

Editors: Tünde Kirstein
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857093424
eBook ISBN: 9780857093530
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 4th April 2013
Page Count: 524
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Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles

Chapter 1: The future of smart-textiles development: new enabling technologies, commercialization and market trends


1.1 Introduction

1.2 The technological trade-off between smartness and integration

1.3 New enabling technologies for smart textiles

1.4 New approaches in commercialization of smart textiles

1.5 Future trends

1.6 Conclusion

Part I: Materials

Chapter 2: Types and processing of electro-conductive and semiconducting materials for smart textiles


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Electro-conductive and semiconductive materials

2.3 Electro-conductive materials and their properties

2.4 Metals

2.5 Carbon: carbon black (CB), graphite and carbon nanotubes (CNT)

2.6 Intrinsically conductive polymers (ICP)

2.7 Semiconductive materials and their properties

2.8 Processing electro-conductive and semiconductive materials into textile structures

2.9 Future trends

2.10 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 3: Optical fibers for smart photonic textiles


3.1 Introduction to photonic textiles

3.2 Total internal reflection (TIR) fiber-based photonic textiles

3.3 Photonic bandgap (PBG) fiber-based photonic textiles

3.4 Photonic textile manufacturing

3.5 Reflective properties of photonic bandgap textiles under ambient illumination

3.6 Animated photonic bandgap textiles using mixing of ambient and emitted light

3.7 Potential applications of photonic bandgap textiles

3.8 Conclusion

3.9 Acknowledgments

Chapter 4: Conductive nanofibres and nanocoatings for smart textiles


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Conductive nanofibres

4.3 Conductive nanocoating

4.4 Application of nanotech


Smart-textiles developers draw on diverse fields of knowledge to produce unique materials with enhanced properties and vast potential. Several disciplines outside the traditional textile area are involved in the construction of these smart textiles, and each individual field has its own language, specific terms and approaches. Multidisciplinary know-how for smart-textiles developers provides a filtered knowledge of these areas of expertise, explaining key expressions and demonstrating their relevance to the smart-textiles field.

Following an introduction to the new enabling technologies, commercialisation and market trends that make up the future of smart-textiles development, part one reviews materials employed in the production of smart textiles. Types and processing of electro-conductive and semiconducting materials, optical fibres for smart photonic textiles, conductive nanofibres and nanocoatings, polymer-based resistive sensors, and soft capacitance fibres for touch-sensitive smart textiles are all discussed. Part two then investigates such technologies as the embedding of electronic functions, the integration of thin-film electronics, and the development of organic and large-area electronic (OLAE) technologies for smart textiles. Joining technologies are also discussed, alongside kinetic, thermoelectric and solar energy harvesting technologies, and signal processing technologies for activity-aware smart textiles. Finally, product development and applications are the focus of part three, which investigates strategies for technology management, innovation and improved sustainability, before the book concludes by exploring medical, automotive and architectural applications of smart textiles.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, Multidisciplinary know-how for smart-textiles developers is a key tool for readers working in industries including design, fashion, textiles, through to electronics, computing and mate

Key Features

  • Reviews materials used in the production of smart textiles
  • Examines the technologies used in smart textiles, such as optical fibres and polymer based resistive sensors
  • Investigates strategies for technology management, innovation and improved development


Researchers and those in R&D in a variety of industries including: design, fashion, textiles, electronics, computing and material science.


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About the Editors

Tünde Kirstein Editor

Dr Tünde Kirstein is editor-in-chief of the Sulzer Technical Review, based in Winterthur, Switzerland. Formerly senior researcher at the Wearable Computing Lab of ETH Zurich and project coordinator at the Swiss Textile College, Dr Kirstein has carried out several smart-textiles projects with scientific and industrial partners. She has also achieved great success as a journalist and PR manager, and has extensive experience in organizing workshops and symposiums for the industry.

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