Title page for ETD etd-12172009-233233

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Quirk, Meghan M
Author's Email Address quirk@vt.edu
URN etd-12172009-233233
Title Inclusion of Fabric Properties in the Design of Electronic Textiles
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Martin, Thomas L. Committee Chair
Jones, Mark T. Committee Co-Chair
Lockhart, Thurmon E. Committee Member
  • electronic textiles
  • e-textiles
  • textile engineering
  • design flow
  • resistive switches
  • conductive yarns
Date of Defense 2009-12-04
Availability unrestricted
This thesis considers the impact of fabric properties on the electronic textile (e-textile) design process. Specifically, properties such as weave pattern, drape, tinsel wire placement and weight are evaluated as physical aspects of an e-textile system within an expanded design flow and fabric synthesis. A textile's physical properties are important for creating e-textiles that look and feel like normal clothing and thus are truly wearable. A more detailed assessment of the weave of an e-textile and its effect on the electrical resistance of networks of uninsulated conductive fibers is also considered in both single weaves and complex pocket double weaves.
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