EL2VINT - Elastic, Electrically Conductive Textile Structures for Intelligent Textiles (2007 - 2009)

The TETRA (TEchnology TRAnsfer funded by IWT) project ‘el2vint’ (which stands for ‘elastic, electrically conductive textile structures for intelligent textiles’) started in October 2007 and lasted for two years. It was a joint project between the textile departments of both Ghent University and University College Ghent. Additionally, a selection of Flemish companies contributed to the project. The project resulted from a need for conductive elastic yarns to be applied into intelligent textile systems.

These systems commonly rely on electrical properties and can benefit from elastic properties when integrated into a garment, e.g. a heart rate sensor can be brought in close contact to the skin when integrated into a stretchable undershirt.

Conductive yarns can be produced in various ways and obtain very different properties in terms of conductivity or touch. This project focuses on manufacturing yarns and textile structures and characterize them in terms of mechanical and electrical properties, processability, durability. The yarns are developed applying the hollow
spindle spinning process, where an elastic core yarn is combined with an electrically conductive yarn. In the first project year, a variety of yarns based on stainless steel and on copper has been produced and tested. The textile structures are manufactured in collaboration with Flemish textile companies.



Prof. dr. ir. Lieva Van Langenhove