The development of a process for the production of textiles with fully embedded electronics

Anastasopoulos, I., 2020. The development of a process for the production of textiles with fully embedded electronics. MPhil, Nottingham Trent University.

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Many attempts to combine Electronics and Textiles have been realised for many years now. At the beginning with the introduction of conductive wires, then with the introduction of sensors and more complex circuits onto an everyday garment. The next step of evolution of combining these seemingly different fields is to integrate the electronics inside a textile structure, so that it will provide a seamless implementation of both worlds into everyday life. The microelectronics, mechanical, electrical, computing and chemical engineering advances of the last years, can ensure that, nowadays, this is feasible. Because of the minuscule dimensions of the electronic components, so that can be integrated inside the thin-by-nature yarn, and the necessity of a flexible and bendable structure overall, the task required is not of a small scale and has no prerequisite. This Thesis provides the backbone of an innovative technique to achieve the above goal in an automated or semi-automated, accurate, repeatable, reliable and time-cost effective way, combining all the required procedures, outlining the issues and proposing solutions on a plethora of them.

This research's outcome, after both manual and automated implementation of the microelectronic component encapsulation concept, proves that automation of the process is feasible with more research and funding in the future. Because this is an innovative and challenging in its implementation, as far as the tiny dimensions of the electronic components are concerned, more testing and physical implementation must be conducted with the contribution of a team of people from different disciplines, in order to finalise it and produce the first linear and continuous version of the machine that can automatically produce electronic yarns, i.e. yarn with electronic components inside its core.

The importance of this Thesis is that it sets the foundations, guidelines and requirements for the development of an all-new manufacturing procedure and the creation of a new machine, i.e. the Electronic Yarn Machine -EYM- in the future.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Anastasopoulos, I.
Date: December 2020
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Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 10 Mar 2021 16:36
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:05

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