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Performance study of screen-printed textile antennas after repeated washing

(2014) AUTEX RESEARCH JOURNAL. 14(2). p.47-54
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The stability of wearable textile antennas after 20 reference washing cycles was evaluated by measuring the reflection coefficient of different antenna prototypes. The prototypes' conductive parts were screen-printed on several textile substrates using two different silver-based conductive inks. The necessity of coating the antennas with a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) coating was investigated by comparing coated with uncoated antennas. It is shown that covering the antennas with the TPU layer not only protects the screen-printed conductive area but also prevents delamination of the multilayered textile fabric substrates, making the antennas washable for up to 20 cycles. Furthermore, it is proven that coating is not necessary for maintaining antenna operation and this up to 20 washing cycles. However, connector detachment caused by friction during the washing process was the main problem of antenna performance degradation. Hence, other flexible, durable methods should be developed for establishing a stable electrical connection.
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conductive ink, Screen-printed textile antennas, washing, textile, DESIGN, GARMENT, FIREFIGHTERS, OFF-BODY COMMUNICATION

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Kazani, Ilda, et al. “Performance Study of Screen-Printed Textile Antennas after Repeated Washing.” AUTEX RESEARCH JOURNAL, vol. 14, no. 2, 2014, pp. 47–54, doi:10.2478/v10304-012-0049-x.
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Kazani, I., Declercq, F., Scarpello, M. L., Hertleer, C., Rogier, H., Vande Ginste, D., … Van Langenhove, L. (2014). Performance study of screen-printed textile antennas after repeated washing. AUTEX RESEARCH JOURNAL, 14(2), 47–54. https://doi.org/10.2478/v10304-012-0049-x
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Kazani, Ilda, Frederick Declercq, Maria Lucia Scarpello, Carla Hertleer, Hendrik Rogier, Dries Vande Ginste, Gilbert De Mey, Genti Guxho, and Lieva Van Langenhove. 2014. “Performance Study of Screen-Printed Textile Antennas after Repeated Washing.” AUTEX RESEARCH JOURNAL 14 (2): 47–54. https://doi.org/10.2478/v10304-012-0049-x.
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Kazani, Ilda, Frederick Declercq, Maria Lucia Scarpello, Carla Hertleer, Hendrik Rogier, Dries Vande Ginste, Gilbert De Mey, Genti Guxho, and Lieva Van Langenhove. 2014. “Performance Study of Screen-Printed Textile Antennas after Repeated Washing.” AUTEX RESEARCH JOURNAL 14 (2): 47–54. doi:10.2478/v10304-012-0049-x.
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Kazani I, Declercq F, Scarpello ML, Hertleer C, Rogier H, Vande Ginste D, et al. Performance study of screen-printed textile antennas after repeated washing. AUTEX RESEARCH JOURNAL. 2014;14(2):47–54.
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I. Kazani et al., “Performance study of screen-printed textile antennas after repeated washing,” AUTEX RESEARCH JOURNAL, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 47–54, 2014.
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  author       = {{Kazani, Ilda and Declercq, Frederick and Scarpello, Maria Lucia and Hertleer, Carla and Rogier, Hendrik and Vande Ginste, Dries and De Mey, Gilbert and Guxho, Genti and Van Langenhove, Lieva}},
  issn         = {{1470-9589}},
  journal      = {{AUTEX RESEARCH JOURNAL}},
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  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{2}},
  pages        = {{47--54}},
  title        = {{Performance study of screen-printed textile antennas after repeated washing}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.2478/v10304-012-0049-x}},
  volume       = {{14}},
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}

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