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Sensing of electrically conductive textiles and capacitance sensor-embedded fabrics for parachutes
Author(s): Mark Damplo; Christopher Niezrecki; David Willis; Julie Chen; Eugene Niemi; Srikanthrao Agnihotra; Sanjeev K. Manohar; Kenneth Desabrais; Christine Charette
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Paper Abstract

This paper evaluates the conductive properties and sensing capabilities of various smart materials being considered for enhancing parachute performance. In a previous review of sensing technologies, several materials showed potential for parachute implementation - specifically, electrically conductive textiles and dielectric electro-active polymers (DEAPs). Past efforts have been focused on mechanically testing and evaluating the sensing performance of conductive fabrics (coated with carbon nanotubes, polypyrrole and polyaniline) and DEAPs. While some of the conductive fabrics demonstrated sufficient sensing capability, they were not conductive enough to implement into an intelligent parachute sensor network for transmitting power or data. Also, attaching or stitching DEAPs to the parachute fabric has proven to be a challenge. The primary goal of this paper is to investigate the use of highly-conductive textiles in an intelligent textile sensor network for sensing and as a means to transmit power or electrical signals. The applications of the materials investigated in this paper may also extend beyond parachutes to any large-scale textile structure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 2012
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 8345, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2012, 83452T (3 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.915342
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Mark Damplo, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Christopher Niezrecki, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
David Willis, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Julie Chen, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Eugene Niemi, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Srikanthrao Agnihotra, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Sanjeev K. Manohar, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Kenneth Desabrais, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)
Christine Charette, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8345:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2012
Masayoshi Tomizuka; Chung-Bang Yun; Jerome P. Lynch, Editor(s)

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