Development of Electronic Textiles to Transport Data and Power in Future U.S. Military Protective Clothing Systems

    Volume 2, Issue 7 (July 2005)

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    CODEN: JAIOAD

    Published Online: 8 June 2005

    Page Count: 9


    Winterhalter, CA
    Textile Technologist, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Natick, MA

    Teverovsky, J
    Senior Engineer, Foster-Miller, Inc., Waltham, MA

    Wilson, P
    Principal Scientist, Foster-Miller, Inc., Waltham, MA

    Slade, J
    Project Engineer, Foster-Miller, Inc., Waltham, MA

    Farell, B
    Manager of Electronic and Biomedical Material Systems Division, Foster-Miller, Inc., Waltham, MA

    Horowitz, W
    Director of Marketing, Offray Specialty Narrow Fabrics, Chester, NJ

    Tierney, E
    Development Engineer, Offray Specialty Narrow Fabrics, Chester, NJ

    (Received 26 November 2003; accepted 22 December 2004)

    Abstract

    The focus of this paper is on the development of textile-based wearable electronics that can be integrated into military protective clothing. A materials and manufacturing survey was conducted to determine the best performing and most durable materials to withstand the rigors of textile manufacturing and potential military use. Narrow woven technology was selected as the most appropriate manufacturing method. A working wearable narrow fabric version of the Universal Serial Bus (USB), as well as a radiating conductor, were successfully developed and fabricated. Military products developed include components of a personal area network providing data and power transport and a body borne antenna integrated into a load-bearing vest.


    Paper ID: JAI12104

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI12104

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    Title Development of Electronic Textiles to Transport Data and Power in Future U.S. Military Protective Clothing Systems
    Symposium Performance of Protective Clothing: Global Needs and Emerging Markets: 8th Symposium, 2004-01-15
    Committee F23