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Polymers 2018, 10(6), 568;

Conductive Cotton Fabrics for Motion Sensing and Heating Applications

Ministry of Education, Key Laboratory of Textile Fiber & Product, Wuhan Textile University, Wuhan 430073, China
Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria 3216, Australia
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Received: 20 April 2018 / Revised: 8 May 2018 / Accepted: 17 May 2018 / Published: 23 May 2018
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Conductive cotton fabric was prepared by coating single-wall carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on a knitted cotton fabric surface through a “dip-and-dry” method. The combination of CNTs and cotton fabric was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman scattering spectroscopy. The CNTs coating improved the mechanical properties of the fabric and imparted conductivity to the fabric. The electromechanical performance of the CNT-cotton fabric (CCF) was evaluated. Strain sensors made from the CCF exhibited a large workable strain range (0~100%), fast response and great stability. Furthermore, CCF-based strain sensors was used to monitor the real-time human motions, such as standing, walking, running, squatting and bending of finger and elbow. The CCF also exhibited strong electric heating effect. The flexible strain sensors and electric heaters made from CCF have potential applications in wearable electronic devices and cold weather conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: conductive fabric; electromechanical performance; strain sensing; electric heating fabric conductive fabric; electromechanical performance; strain sensing; electric heating fabric

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Yang, M.; Pan, J.; Xu, A.; Luo, L.; Cheng, D.; Cai, G.; Wang, J.; Tang, B.; Wang, X. Conductive Cotton Fabrics for Motion Sensing and Heating Applications. Polymers 2018, 10, 568.

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