Thermal Conductive Textile

The aim of this project is to use wearable electronic technology to develop a novel thermal textile in which the function of temperature control is applicable to both general and medical apparel.

The formation of the novel conductive fabric is achieved by using a combination of textile-based technologies to knit together conductive fibres. The theoretical basis for this process is provided by the resistive network model in which properties of sheet resistance, length resistance and contact resistance provide various fabric structure and density.

Application

The thermal conductive textile has a wide range of applications including:

  • Outdoor apparel products;
  • Home thermal products;
  • Healthcare and medical treatments;
  • Other potential areas where soft thermal comfort is required.

Technological Breakthrough

A complete design approach was employed to make the soft textile thermal circuit more aesthetically pleasing and lighter. The design achieves target resistance through the interconnection and arrangement of conductive paths and inner conductive yarns. This arrangement strengthens the aesthetic expression of the visible circuit, making it a design feature offering comfort and convenience.

Industry Benefit

  • A theoretical foundation for the feasibility of designing wearable electronic fabrics which possess thermal conductivity; and
  • Enhanced product design due to the conductive paths and heating areas requiring no external modification such as sewing.

Licensing Details

A non-exclusive licence covers the knowhow of fabricating a sweater with thermal heating structures.