Actively actuated all dispenser printed thermochromic smart fabric device

Ahmed, Z., Wei, Y. ORCID: 0000-0001-6195-8595, Torah, R. and Tudor, J., 2016. Actively actuated all dispenser printed thermochromic smart fabric device. Electronics Letters, 52 (19), pp. 1601-1603. ISSN 0013-5194

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This paper for the first time reports an all printed actively actuated thermochromic smart fabric device using a state of the art dispenser printing technique. The device consists of a UV curable thermochromic ink with an activation temperature of 33°C actuated by conductive track based printed heater. The device is printed on untreated polyester cotton fabric. It offers a significant improvement in flexibility and design freedom over the state of the art thermochromic fabric devices. The printed device changes colour from black to green in 10.8 s using 1.46 W DC power. It is shown that the time required for the device to change colour reduces tenfold with only a threefold increase in input power. It can be fabricated on other fabric or flexible substrates and in a range of colours and activation temperatures depending on the formulation chosen. The printed device is 30 x 21.5 mm which can be scaled up or down to suit the application. It can be used as an indicator in combination with sensors for smart fabric applications.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Electronics Letters
Creators: Ahmed, Z., Wei, Y., Torah, R. and Tudor, J.
Publisher: The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Date: 2016
Volume: 52
Number: 19
ISSN: 0013-5194
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 01 Jul 2019 13:42
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 13:42

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