Vibration-sensing electronic yarns for the monitoring of hand transmitted vibrations

Rahemtulla, Z., Hughes-Riley, T. ORCID: 0000-0001-8020-430X and Dias, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-3533-0398, 2021. Vibration-sensing electronic yarns for the monitoring of hand transmitted vibrations. Sensors, 21 (8): 2780.

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Overexposure to hand transmitted vibrations (HTVs) from prolonged use of vibrating power tools can result in severe injuries. By monitoring the exposure of a worker to HTVs, overexposure, and injury, can be mitigated. An ideal HTV-monitoring system would measure vibration were it enters the body, which for many power tools will be the palm and fingers, however this is difficult to achieve using conventional transducers as they will affect the comfort of the user and subsequently alter the way that the tool is held. By embedding a transducer within the core of a textile yarn, that can be used to produce a glove, vibration can be monitored close to where it enters the body without compromising the comfort of the user. This work presents a vibration-sensing electronic yarn that was created by embedding a commercially available accelerometer within the structure of a yarn. These yarns were subsequently used to produce a vibration-sensing glove. The purpose of this study is to characterize the response of the embedded accelerometer over a range of relevant frequencies and vibration amplitudes at each stage of the electronic yarn’s manufacture to understand how the yarn structure influences the sensors response. The vibration-sensing electronic yarn was subsequently incorporated into a fabric sample and characterized. Finally, four vibration-sensing electronic yarns were used to produce a vibration-sensing glove that is capable of monitoring vibration at the palm and index finger.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sensors
Creators: Rahemtulla, Z., Hughes-Riley, T. and Dias, T.
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 2021
Volume: 21
Number: 8
Rights: Copyright: © 2021 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
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 22 Apr 2021 14:28
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:03

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