The general approach of the TCCV follows the strategy to organise the mainly SME oriented Austrian textile industry into a virtual network which is science based and highly innovative. As a result textile expertise will diffuse into following production stages and where advanced products will be delivered and complex services will be offered by the non-textile partners in the consortium, as well as by garment and textile producers.
Representative emerging fields of scientific activities and for application of the results are organised in three areas:
Area 1. High performance composites and lightweight structures – Efficient Textiles
Vision: “… textile reinforced lightweight structures and hybrid materials replace conventional materials, for higher resources efficiency in mobility, construction and consumer products ..”
The core of the scientific approach arranges around a general understanding of textile structures in composites. Starting from fibres, assemblies to linear materials (intermingled fibre bands, carbon rovings, cables and yarns) the development of fabric structure (band weaving, knitting, braiding) including embroidery structures for tailored fibre placement follows a general scientific approach to understand the behaviour of textile based structures in composites. Textile integration will be investigated with regard to lightweight structures and composites, Aluminium-textile hybrids and composites in fibre ropes, textile reinforced concrete. Textiles as a result will form the structural backbone of more efficient elements in mobility, construction, machine parts and sports equipment.
Area 2. Integration of sensors and electrical functionality – Smart Textiles
Vision: “… textiles will form the interface to communicate with networks, for safety, health, comfort and sports, … “
Instead of an assembly of electronic components and a textile product as two components, which are merged at a late stage of production, the installation of an electronic device will be integrated into the textile production step.
The desired functionality is provided by the garment / textile while the electronics merge and function as part of the textile structure. The integration of such smart textile sensors are a key component of a suitable Internet of Everything. The network of physical objects have to be discrete and without new electronic devices.
Results will be of value for integration of sensors, adaptive material, electrical devices in textile structures as basis for application in smart home, smart bed and ambient assisted living, personal protective equipment, as well as for 3D-electrodes in energy storage. Results will be a backbone respectively textile hardware as a basis for new business models driven by digitalisation and big data analysis.
Area 3. Molecular, nano-, and micro composites - High Performance Textiles
Vision: “better performance requires integrated approaches, thus functional textiles will contain less components but more intelligence …”
Coatings and membrane integration as localised composites formed through textile chemical processes will be investigated. Molecular, nano- and micro composites will be formed through polymer coating, grafting, deposition of polymers, silicon based processes and crosslinking and textile finishing concepts The scientific results will lead to new concepts to be introduced in high performance products for which sports textiles can be understood as the lead market for high value products. Possible applications will also include technical textiles.