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Luxembourg's OCSiAl & CoatYarn develop smart textile technology

22 Jul '22
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Pic: OCSiAl
Pic: OCSiAl

A smart textile technology with graphene nanotubes has been developed by OCSiAl and CoatYarn. High demand for interactive electronic textiles encouraged the Italian producer of technical-industrial yarns CoatYarn to expand its production line with a new product: thermoplastic polyurethane yarn enhanced with graphene nanotubes by OCSiAl.

This solution is widely applicable in various electrostatic sensitive sectors such as healthcare, mining, and oil and gas. One of the end market applications is electroconductive textile gloves with touch-screen functionality that can be used by the operators of loading machines, OCSiAl said in a press release.

Just 0.2 wt. per cent of graphene nanotubes is enough to transfer their unmatched electrical and thermal conductivity to TPU, transforming polyamide yarn into a conductive one with a volume resistivity of 104 Ω·cm. “Graphene nanotubes, used in an easy-to-process form of the pre-dispersed concentrate TUBALL MATRIX 808, result not only in stable and permanent conductivity but, unlike standard additives in preserved textile excellent resistance to abrasion, alkali, hydrolysis, microbial attack, and remarkable soft-skin feeling effect.” said Shai Nathan, production & quality manager of CoatYarn s.r.l.

The enhanced durability and reliability of the novel ESD material provides the foundations for developing safe and functional personal protective clothing, conveyor belts, and textile bags. The flexible e-textile with the ability to receive, store, and transmit data and signals can be considered as sensors and used in health care for measuring temperature, biopotentials, acoustic, ultrasound, pressure, and radiation.

“The new e-textile has a great potential for application in various spheres. For example, the electroconductive network created by graphene nanotubes inside the fabric allows yarn to be heated, turning textile into a promising multifunctional material for automotive and building interiors, and sportswear,” said Phillippe Bichot, technical sales manager for coatings for EMEA, OCSiAl Group.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (RR)

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