Schedule from Smart Fabrics Summit 2022

Student Research Showcase

The Smart Fabrics Summit is also a forum to support and encourage future innovators! On the morning of March 29, Day 2 of the Summit, attendees met in the Convocation Center of the Wilson College of Textiles for a showcase of exciting work being done by students.

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Advanced Durable Textiles for Combat Uniform

Zoe Newman, PhD Candidate, NCSU Wilson College of Textiles
The next generation of duty uniforms for soldier performance must be highly stretchable, robust, flame retardant, and have superior moisture management properties. Under an STTR Phase I (#W911QY21P0012) contract, Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) and North Carolina State University Wilson College of Textiles developed novel, highly stretchable auxetic textiles that can integrate such performance considerations.
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Developing a Posture Alignment Sock

Marissa Noon, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Nano-EXtended Research group, M.S. Candidate Textile Engineering, NCSU Wilson College of Textiles

Robert Seevers, M.S. candidate Textile Engineering, NCSU Wilson College of Textiles

Ryan Darden, M.S. Candidate Textile Engineering, NCSU Wilson College of Textiles
This project was in connection with a start-up outside of Nashville, TN which consisted of a physical therapist and a patient who was a lawyer. The physical therapist had found that back and shoulder pain have a direct correlation to your foundation- your ankles. They had created a Taping technique that stacks your ankles, knees, and hips to perfect posture. Our goal is to create a product that incorporates the taping technique into a sock for convenience and a solution to your aches and pains.
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Enhancement of the Transverse Mechanical Properties of Carbon Fiber Composites using Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs)

Walaa Enab , Third-year doctoral student, Wilson College of Textiles in the Fibrous and polymer science department
In Unidirectional FRPs composites, in which all the fibers are laying in one direction, the strength of the composite is very high in the longitudinal direction. However, the mechanical properties are very poor in the transverse (90°) direction. This research describes a unique technique for embedding aligned sheets of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into the interlaminar region of laminated composite structures to examine the CNTs sheets’ ability to improve the transverse mechanical properties.
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Heated Active Recovery Apparel

Emily Odykirk, M.S. Candidate Textile Engineering, NCSU Wilson College of Textiles

Jessica Schwendeman, M.S. candidate, NCSU Wilson College of Textiles

Kayla Wyatt, Product Engineering, NCSU Wilson College of Textiles

ATHify’s goal is to create a smart garment that will change how athletes recover from workout routines. Heat therapy is an essential means of recovery for athletes, but current equipment for heat therapy is bulky, heavy, and restricts mobility. Through ATHify’s sponsorship, this Senior Capstone Design project seeks to revolutionize heat therapy by integrating active heat therapy into workout leggings.
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Knitting Conductive Yarns: A Predictive Approach

Beth Kirkwood, PhD Candidate, NCSU Wilson College of Textiles
Despite the strong demand for developing smart fabrics, little is known about whether conductive yarns are suitable for the knitting process with regards to if the yarns can withstand the external forces and if the machines are damaged when attempting to knit with smart yarn. Using a novel 3-point bending test for yarn, the bending rigidity combined with the tensile properties are the basis for a new predictive yarn model simulating the knitting process including machine parameters such as speed, stitch length, and gauge. Knit fabric samples using conductive yarns will also be shown as part of the model validation.
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Smart Surveillance System of Blood Flow in Textile-based Vascular Grafts

Xiaoqi (Suki) Tang, Graduate Research Assistant, NCSU Wilson College of Textiles
The goal of this project is to compose a sensor with polyester and conductive yarn via traditional textile methods, twisting and plying. The sensor will be completely integrated inside a knitted or braided vascular graft as a weft insertion, to achieve the goal of monitoring blood flow rate in real-time. Vascular grafts fabricated with textiles, and other medical textiles such as hernia mesh, heart valve will be included during the presentation.
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Tracking Hearts

James Dieffenderfer, Assistant Research Professor, North Carolina State University


Courtney Lee, MA Candidate, NCSU Wilson College of Textiles
Heart disease was the leading cause of global deaths, according to the World Health Organization in 2020. To combat this growing issue, doctors prioritize a quick and accurate diagnosis in order to start early treatment, which is conducted by a device that can track the heart's electrical activity. Holter monitors achieve this by allowing the patient’s cardiac symptoms to be monitored for 48+ hours outside the hospital; However, wearing this device usually means having to deal with loose wires, sticky electrodes, and a rigid main control unit, which can look unappealing and cause discomfort. This project explores the wearability of cardiac monitoring devices and proposes new wearable designs and systems utilizing e-textiles to increase comfort and perception.