CONDUCTIVE COTTON YARN FOR WEARABLE ELECTRONICS


KAYABAŞI G., YILMAZ D. , ÖZEN Ö.

8th International İstanbul Textile Conference - Evolution Technical Textile (ETT2018), İstanbul, Turkey, 14 - 16 April 2018, pp.261-265

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.261-265

Abstract

With the progress in textile industry, functional products which can use for different purposes, gain importance day by day. One of the functional smart textile products are electronic textiles or wearable electronics. Wearable electronic textiles can be 
defined as the integration of various electronic elements such as sensors, energy harvesting devices, transistors, antennas etc. into fabrics. One of the main elements for e-textiles is the usage of electrically conductive fibres or yarns to provide the signal 
transmission between the garment and other segments such as sensors, actuators, or computer chips, which are embedded into fabric (Lee et al., 2015). In this study, it was worked on the conformal coating of the cotton fibres to get electrically conductive as well as flexible material. Cotton fibre is one of the most commonly used textile fibre in textile industry and has the advantages of being natural fibre and highly hydrophilic. In the study, carbon black particles was selected as conductive material due to low cost and easy procurable and cotton fibres were coated with carbon black particles. Two-probe 
measurement method was used for the yarn conductivity and the changes in yarn tenacity and breaking elongation of the yarns were also evaluated.