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Sensors 2011, 11(2), 1693-1705; doi:10.3390/s110201693

The Effect of Tensile Hysteresis and Contact Resistance on the Performance of Strain-Resistant Elastic-Conductive Webbing

Department of Fiber and Composite Materials, Feng Chia University, 100 Wenhwa Road, Taichung 40724, Taiwan
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Received: 1 December 2010 / Revised: 20 January 2011 / Accepted: 24 January 2011 / Published: 28 January 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Sensing Technology for Nondestructive Evaluation)
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Abstract

To use e-textiles as a strain-resistance sensor they need to be both elastic and conductive. Three kinds of elastic-conductive webbings, including flat, tubular, and belt webbings, made of Lycra fiber and carbon coated polyamide fiber, were used in this study. The strain-resistance properties of the webbings were evaluated in stretch-recovery tests and measured within 30% strain. It was found that tensile hysteresis and contact resistance significantly influence the tensile elasticity and the resistance sensitivity of the webbings. The results showed that the webbing structure definitely contributes to the tensile hysteresis and contact resistance. The smaller the friction is among the yarns in the belt webbing, the smaller the tensile hysteresis loss. However the close proximity of the conductive yarns in flat and tubular webbings results in a lower contact resistance. View Full-Text
Keywords: elastic-conductive webbing; textile strain-resistant sensor; tensile hysteresis; contact resistance elastic-conductive webbing; textile strain-resistant sensor; tensile hysteresis; contact resistance
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Shyr, T.-W.; Shie, J.-W.; Jhuang, Y.-E. The Effect of Tensile Hysteresis and Contact Resistance on the Performance of Strain-Resistant Elastic-Conductive Webbing. Sensors 2011, 11, 1693-1705.

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