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Conductive Textiles

Conductive Textiles, What are they and what are their Uses?

Conductive Textiles, What are they and What are their Uses? A conductive textile is a fabric, thread, or fastener that conducts electricity.  Conductive textiles consist of a less conductive fiber or fabric that is made conductive by being coated with electrically conductive elements.  These elements are often Silver, Copper, Nickel, and titanium.  These elements are plated, embedded, or coated onto the less conductive substrate.  These substrates typically include polyester and Nylon.  These fabrics, threads, and yarns are highly conductive and...
Highly Conductive Threads

Highly Conductive Yarns and Threads, the new Wires in Smart Clothing!

Highly Conductive Yarns and Threads, the new "wires" in smart clothing!  Think about it, when smart clothing first came out, there were actual wires used to make connections!  The problem with these wires is that they were not particularly flexible, comfortable, compact, or durable.  The traditional wire circuitry did not stand up to the constant flexing of the human body or the extremes of the cleansing process, moisture and temperature.  Often, the product did not stand the "test of...
Conductive Thread

Conductivity Rules in Smart Clothing-Create the Path of Least Resistance!

Conductivity rules in smart clothing-create the path of least resistance!  In the near future, nearly all of our clothes will be smart.  Smart clothing is made of fabrics that allow digital components, sensors, connections, and power to be incorporated in them.  These components allow the clothing to assist the wearer in daily activity.   They can monitor body systems, facilitate communication, incorporate lighting and heating and environmental conditions for safety and comfort.  The key to all of this is electrical...
Conductive Thread

Conductive Thread is used as Wiring in E-Textile Projects-Try it and See!

Conductive thread is used as wiring in e-textile projects, try it and see!  There are several types of conductive threads available: Silver Coated Yarns/Threads- These are nylon sewing threads that have been plated with 99% pure silver.  It can be sewn by hand or used as both top and bobbin thread in sewing machines.  Please note that these conductive yarns are NOT FOR SOLDERED CONNECTIONS TO YOUR COMPONENT, as the nylon interior of the yarn/thread can not tolerate the...
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Silver is the Best Thermal Conductive Element, Creating Comfort!

Silver is the best thermal conductive element, creating comfort!  Silver's thermal conductivity accounts for a great benefit provided by fabrics that are made with silver containing yarns and fabrics.  This property is measured in Watts per meter per degree Kelvin, W/M°K.  The high thermal conductivity of Silver is due to its electron configuration!  Silver's electrons are are "loosely held" due to its low nuclear charge.  This allows them to move more easily, resulting in efficient energy transfer.  The energy...
Resistance Heating

What is Resistance Heating, What are its Applications?

What is Resistance Heating and What are its Applications? Resistance heating is heat generated by an electrical current passing through a resistor.  The heat comes from electrical energy being converted to thermal energy.  There are many applications for Resistance Heating:  Aeronautics, Automotive, Military, and Smart Clothing industries to name a few. How is Resistance Heating Used in the Aeronautics Industry? In the aeronautics industry, resistance heating is used for de-icing the wings of aircraft in inclement weather.  If the leading edges of...