Comparative study of the weft-knitted strain sensors

Ozgur Atalay*, Asli Tuncay, Muhammad D. Husain, William R. Kennon

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In this study, weft-knitted strain-sensing structures are described, along with the materials and manufacturing techniques required to produce the fabrics on a computerised flat-bed knitting machine. Knitted sensing fabrics with conductive yarns, i.e. silver-plated nylon yarn and polyester-blended stainless steel yarn have been created with different design possibilities. A laboratory test set-up was built to characterise the knitted sensors and the resulting equivalent resistance under the different level of strains. The most successful samples have been realised through a series of single conductive courses within the interlock base fabric structure using silver-plated nylon in terms of responsivity, repeatability and lower electrical signal drift. Deficiencies associated with strain-sensing structures realised through the intermeshing of conductive yarns have also been addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1212-1240
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Industrial Textiles
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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  • conductive yarn
  • electronic flat-bed knitting machine
  • Strain sensor
  • textile-based sensors
  • weft-knitted sensor


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