Keyword: Fibers

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...

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...

Briefs: Defense

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

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...

Briefs: Energy
Invisibly small nanotubes aligned as fibers and sewn into fabrics can turn heat from the Sun or other sources into energy.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These textiles could help performers and athletes train their breathing and potentially help patients recovering from post-surgery breathing changes.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
A method converts cotton into sugar, which can be turned into spandex, nylon, or ethanol.
Briefs: Materials
The carbon fiber reinforced material can be repeatedly healed with heat.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The system creates accurate defect standards for in-situ inspection systems.
Briefs: Materials
The fiber contains memory, temperature sensors, and a trained neural network program for inferring physical activity.
5 Ws: Energy
Fibers sewn into fabrics can turn heat from the Sun into energy that could power textile electronics.
Briefs: Materials
Flexible carbon nanotube fibers woven into clothing gather accurate EKG and heart rate.
NASA Spinoff: Electronics & Computers
A long-time apparel insulator develops its own takes on popular NASA spinoff material.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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...

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