Description

Smart textiles are materials and structures that sense and react to environmental conditions or stimuli, and their integration into protective clothing has led to the development of products with greatly enhanced protective capabilities in hazardous situations. Smart textiles for protection provides a comprehensive analysis of smart materials used in producing protective textiles, and explores a wide range of end-use protective applications.

Part one reviews smart materials and technologies. Beginning with an overview of smart textiles for protection, this section goes on to discuss types of materials, surface treatments and the use of nanofibres and smart barrier membranes. The application of sensors, actuators and computer systems in smart protective textiles is explored, followed by a review of biomimetic approaches to design. Part two investigates specific applications of smart textiles for protection. Smart technology for personal protective equipment and clothing, smart protective textiles for older people and smart high-performance textiles for protection in construction and geotechnical applications are all discussed in depth, as is the use of smart textiles in the protection of armoured vehicles and in protective clothing for fire fighters and first responders. The final chapter describes recent advances in chemical and biological protective clothing.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, Smart textiles for protection is an essential guide for all those involved in the design, development and application of protective smart textiles.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive analysis of smart materials used in producing protective textiles, and explores a wide range of end-use protective applications
  • Discusses types of materials, surface treatments and the use of nanofibres and smart barrier membranes as well as the application of sensors, actuators and computer systems in smart protective textiles
  • Investigates specific applications of smart textiles for protection, including smart high-performance textiles for protection in construction and geotechnical applications

Readership

Researchers and industry professionals in the areas of textile, clothing, safety and protection; Governmental institutions in charge of funding and regulations for safety and health related technology; University students and academics in textile programs; Manufacturers in protective equipment and technical textiles

Table of Contents

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Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles

Part I: Smart materials and technologies

Chapter 1: Smart textiles for protection: an overview

Abstract:

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Smart textile functions for protection

1.3 European projects on smart protective textiles

1.4 Protective textiles and comfort

1.5 Other functions of smart textile systems

1.6 Systex – a European coordination action for enhancing the breakthrough of intelligent textile systems

Chapter 2: Types of smart materials for protection

Abstract:

2.1 Introduction: smart materials for protection

2.2 High-performance fibres for protective textiles

2.3 Piezoelectric fibres, phase-change materials, and shape memory fibres

2.4 Woven and knitted structures for protective textiles

2.5 Nonwovens

2.6 Barrier films and nanofibre membranes

2.7 Carbon nanotubes

2.8 Conclusion and future trends

Chapter 3: Smart surface treatments for textiles for protection

Abstract:

3.1 Introduction: the role of surfaces in smart fabrics for protection

3.2 Surface grafting

3.3 Coating techniques

3.4 Other surface treatment methods

3.5 Conclusion and future trends

Chapter 4: The use of nanomaterials in smart protective clothing

Abstract:

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Conventional materials used in protective clothing

4.3 Use of nanoparticles in protective clothing

4.4 Use of electrospun nanofibers and nanoparticles in protective clothing

4.5 Applications of nanoparticles in protective textiles

4.6 Smart textiles using nanoparticles

4.7 Chameleon fibers

4.8 Conclusion and future trends

4.9 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 5: Smart barrier membranes for protective clothing

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Details

No. of pages:
416
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
Print ISBN:
9780857090560
Electronic ISBN:
9780857097620

About the editor

R Chapman

Roger Chapman is a Technical Consultant based in Warwickshire. His background is in innovation in fibres and fabrics, especially for technical textiles. Prior to setting up his own company he was R&D Manager at Courtaulds. He is a chartered textile technologist with degrees in physics and business administration.