Smart Textiles for in situ Monitoring of Composites - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081023082

Smart Textiles for in situ Monitoring of Composites

1st Edition

Authors: Vladan Koncar
Paperback ISBN: 9780081023082
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st October 2018
Page Count: 450
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Smart Textiles for Monitoring and Measurement Applications
1. Introduction
2. Smart Textiles
3. Sensors - Definition and Classification
4. Connectors
5. Conductive Polymers and Fibres
6. Textile Sensors Development Steps
7. Characterisation of Textile Sensors
8. Interface phenomena of textile sensors and related textile reinforced thermoplastic composites

Part 2 Composites and Hybrid structures
9. Textile Reinforced Composites
10. Glass Fibres
11. Aramid Fibres
12. Carbon Fibres
13. Bio Sourced Fibres
14. Failure Mechanisms in Composites
15. Hybrid Structures - Bonding Issues

Part 3 Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of composite structures
16. Health Monitoring Definitions
17. State of the art of traditional monitoring techniques
18. Interface phenomena of textile sensors and related textile reinforced thermoplastic composites
19. Predictive maintenance concept

Part 4 Structural Health Monitoring of processes related to composite manufacturing
20. Weaving Process
21. Stamping Process Supervision
22. Infusion Process Supervision


Composites are seeing increasing application in a range of areas including automotive and aerospace due to their intrinsic beneficial properties such as light weight and mechanical performance. However, the failure behavior of fibre reinforced composites is a multifaceted evolution of microscopic damage occurring within – which is often difficult to monitor. At the same time, much of composite technology is not standardized and is often proprietary, which creates certification issues in regulatory compliance for each application.

This book proposes a ‘smart textile’ approach to help solve the problem of real time monitoring of the structural health of composites, as well as to monitor the composites manufacturing process. Smart textiles are fitted with flexible adapted sensors and actuators, and are able to detect stress, deformation, temperature changes, light intensity, and other signals from the environment.

The book combines textiles, composites and structural health monitoring knowledge to present an integrated approach to the deployment of smart textiles to monitor failure modes in composite materials. It introduces the theory of smart textiles for monitoring and measurement applications, and describes established and developing techniques and approaches for using smart textiles for in-situ monitoring of composites in different fiber/matrix combinations and hybrid structures, through reviews of academic research and real world case studies.

Key Features

  • Proposes a ‘smart textile’ approach to in situ monitoring of the structural health of composites, in which the composite structure’s functionalized reinforcement also plays the role of a sensor for internal damage
  • Discusses the impact of this technology on the different reinforcement materials and matrices
  • Demonstrates - through a review of research and case studies - the implementation of the sensing and measurement systems, and the analysis of results


Researchers, technicians, engineers, R&D managers in textile companies and downstream sectors such as automotive, aerospace, other forms of transport, civil engineering


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About the Authors

Vladan Koncar Author

Professor Vladan Koncar is head of research at ENSAIT and director of the GEMTEX research laboratory. He has authored more than 200 scientific articles, including journal papers, book chapters and conference proceedings.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of research, ENSAIT and director, GEMTEX research laboratory