Smart Textiles for in situ Monitoring of Composites proposes a 'smart textile' approach to help solve the problem of real-time monitoring of the structural health of composites. The book combines textiles, composites and structural health monitoring knowledge to present an integrated approach to the deployment of smart textiles to monitor failure modes in composite materials. It introduces the theory of smart textiles for monitoring and measurement applications, describes established and developing techniques and approaches for using smart textiles for in-situ monitoring, and includes different fiber/matrix combinations and hybrid structures that are all presented using academic research and real-world case studies.
As smart textiles are fitted with flexible adapted sensors and actuators that detect stress, deformation, temperature changes, light intensity, and other signals from the environment, this book is a timely resource on the topic.
- Proposes a 'smart textile' approach to in situ monitoring of the structural health of composites where the composite structure's functionalized reinforcement also plays a role
- Discusses the impact of this technology on different reinforcement materials and matrices
- Demonstrates, through a review of research and case studies, the implementation of sensing and measurement systems
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Part 1 Smart Textiles for Monitoring and Measurement Applications 1. Introduction 2. Smart Textiles 3. Sensors
Definition and Classification 4. Connectors 5. Conductive Polymers and Fibres 6. Textile Sensors Development Steps 7. Characterisation of Textile Sensors 8. Interface phenomena of textile sensors and related textile reinforced thermoplastic composites
Part 2 Composites and Hybrid structures 9. Textile Reinforced Composites 10. Glass Fibres 11. Aramid Fibres 12. Carbon Fibres 13. Bio Sourced Fibres 14. Failure Mechanisms in Composites 15. Hybrid Structures
Part 3 Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of composite structures 16. Health Monitoring Definitions 17. State of the art of traditional monitoring techniques 18. Interface phenomena of textile sensors and related textile reinforced thermoplastic composites 19. Predictive maintenance concept
Part 4 Structural Health Monitoring of processes related to composite manufacturing 20. Weaving Process 21. Stamping Process Supervision 22. Infusion Process Supervision
Professor Vladan Koncar is head of research at ENSAIT and director of the GEMTEX research laboratory. He has authored more than 200 scientific articles, including journal papers, book chapters and conference proceedings.