Keyword: Fibers

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Briefs: Wearables
The fibers measure subtle and complex fabric deformations.
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Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that innovation.

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Briefs: Wearables

Engineers have created a flexible electronic sensing patch that can be sewn into clothing to analyze sweat for multiple markers. The patch could be used to diagnose and monitor...

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Briefs: Aerospace

Researchers combined additive manufacturing with conventional compression molding to produce high-performance thermoplastic composites reinforced with short carbon fibers. The approach...

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Briefs: Electronics & Computers

A research team developed a thread made of conductive cellulose that offers practical possibilities for electronic textiles. Sewing the electrically conductive cellulose threads into...

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Briefs: Energy
Invisibly small nanotubes aligned as fibers and sewn into fabrics can turn heat from the Sun or other sources into energy.
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Briefs: Wearables
These textiles could help performers and athletes train their breathing and potentially help patients recovering from post-surgery breathing changes.
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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
A method converts cotton into sugar, which can be turned into spandex, nylon, or ethanol.
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Briefs: Materials
The carbon fiber reinforced material can be repeatedly healed with heat.
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Briefs: Aerospace
The system creates accurate defect standards for in-situ inspection systems.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The fiber contains memory, temperature sensors, and a trained neural network program for inferring physical activity.
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5 Ws: Energy
Fibers sewn into fabrics can turn heat from the Sun into energy that could power textile electronics.
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Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Flexible carbon nanotube fibers woven into clothing gather accurate EKG and heart rate.
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NASA Spinoff: Electronics & Computers
A long-time apparel insulator develops its own takes on popular NASA spinoff material.
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5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is still a major threat to public health. Wearing a facemask is a step in protecting against infection; the new facemask also diagnoses the wearer with...

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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Designed for soldier uniforms, the fiber can sense, store, analyze, and infer activity when sewn into a piece of clothing.
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Briefs: Materials
Synthesis of fiber-metal laminates is performed using RF plasma spray deposition.
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Briefs: Energy
An entire 20-story concrete building could store energy like a giant battery.
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Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include aerospace and automotive components, prosthetics, sporting goods, and other uses where strength-to-weight ratio is important.
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Application Briefs: Aerospace
“The disruption promised by Industry 4.0 has already begun,” says Jason Melcher from the aerospace manufacturing company Ingersoll.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The polyimide composites have uses in aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, mechanical systems, and industrial machinery.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Applications include detection of explosives, navigation, and aerospace altitude sensing.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The material could be used in smart textiles, medical devices, and tissue engineering.
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Briefs: Software
This high-strength material could be used to improve safety and reduce the cost of producing cars.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
One unexpected application for spider silk is its use in the creation of biocompatible lenses.
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Briefs: Nanotechnology
The electrospun nanofibers are used for wound healing and 3D matrices for biological tissues.
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Articles: Photonics/Optics
Altering the traditional intensity distribution of fiber lasers improves weld quality.
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Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Drexel Professor Genevieve Dion is coating yarn with the highly conductive, two-dimensional material MXene.
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Briefs: Aerospace
This rapid processing method produces stronger materials and heals lower-quality fibers.
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