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Sensors 2015, 15(4), 7742-7753; doi:10.3390/s150407742

The Application of a Piezo-Resistive Cardiorespiratory Sensor System in an Automobile Safety Belt

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Textiles Research Group, School of Materials, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
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Smart Materials Research Group, Department of Weaving, National Textile University, Sheikhupura Road, Faisalabad 37610, Pakistan
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Academic Editor: Stefano Mariani
Received: 13 January 2015 / Revised: 11 March 2015 / Accepted: 23 March 2015 / Published: 30 March 2015
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Abstract

Respiratory and heart failure are conditions that can occur with little warning and may also be difficult to predict. Therefore continuous monitoring of these bio-signals is advantageous for ensuring human health. The car safety belt is mainly designed to secure the occupants of the vehicle in the event of an accident. In the current research a prototype safety belt is developed, which is used to acquire respiratory and heart signals, under laboratory conditions. The current safety belt is constructed using a copper ink based nonwoven material, which works based on the piezo-resistive effect due to the pressure exerted on the sensor as a result of expansion of the thorax/abdomen area of the body for respiration and due to the principle of ballistocardiography (BCG) in heart signal sensing. In this research, the development of a theoretical model to qualitatively describe the piezo-resistive material is also presented in order to predict the relative change in the resistance of the piezo-resistive material due to the pressure applied. View Full-Text
Keywords: woven; safety belt; cardiorespiratory signals; wearable sensors; piezo-resistive materials; ballistocardiography woven; safety belt; cardiorespiratory signals; wearable sensors; piezo-resistive materials; ballistocardiography
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Hamdani, S.T.A.; Fernando, A. The Application of a Piezo-Resistive Cardiorespiratory Sensor System in an Automobile Safety Belt. Sensors 2015, 15, 7742-7753.

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