Developing an acoustic sensing yarn for health surveillance in a military setting

Hughes-Riley, T. ORCID: 0000-0001-8020-430X and Dias, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-3533-0398, 2018. Developing an acoustic sensing yarn for health surveillance in a military setting. Sensors, 18 (5): 1590. ISSN 1424-8220

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Overexposure to high levels of noise can cause permanent hearing disorders, which have a significant adverse effect on the quality of life of those affected. Injury due to noise can affect people in a variety of careers including construction workers, factory workers, and members of the armed forces. By monitoring the noise exposure of workers, overexposure can be avoided and suitable protective equipment can be provided. This work focused on the creation of a noise dosimeter suitable for use by members of the armed forces, where a discrete dosimeter was integrated into a textile helmet cover. In this way the sensing elements could be incorporated very close to the ears, providing a highly representative indication of the sound level entering the body, and also creating a device that would not interfere with military activities. This was achieved by utilising commercial microelectromechanical system microphones integrated within the fibres of yarn to create an acoustic sensing yarn. The acoustic sensing yarns were fully characterised over a range of relevant sound levels and frequencies at each stage in the yarn production process. The yarns were ultimately integrated into a knitted helmet cover to create a functional acoustic sensing helmet cover prototype.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sensors
Creators: Hughes-Riley, T. and Dias, T.
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 2018
Volume: 18
Number: 5
ISSN: 1424-8220
s18051590Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 01 Jun 2018 10:55
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2018 11:07

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