“… textile-reinforced lightweight structures and hybrid materials replace conventional materials, for higher resource-efficiency in mobility, construction and consumer products...”
Area 1 – Textile Based Composites focusses on a general understanding of textile structures in composites.
Starting from fibers, linear materials (intermingled fibre bands, carbon rovings, cables and yarns) and the development of fabric structure (band weaving, knitting, braiding) including embroidery structures for tailored fiber placement follows a general scientific approach to understand the behavior of textile-based structures in composites.
Textile integration is investigated with focus on lightweight structures and composites, Aluminium-textile hybrids and composites in fiber ropes as well as textile-reinforced concrete.
Area 2 – Flexible Sensors & Electronics focuses on the integration of electronic devices directly into textiles, thus avoiding a late-stage merging of two separate products, textile and electronic device, during the production process. The garment/textile provides the desired functionality, while the electronics make part of the textile structure. The network of physical objects has to be discrete and without new electronic devices. The integration of such smart textile sensors provide a key component of a suitable “Internet of Everything”.
Results of Area 2 will be of value for:
SENSOR INTEGRATION, adaptive material and electrical devices in textile structures
as basis for application in smart homes, smart beds and ambient-assisted living
personal protective equipment
for 3D-electrodes in energy storage
The scientific results of Area 3 – Advanced Textile Science will lead to new concepts to be introduced in sports textiles, can be understood as the lead market for high value products, and other technical textiles.
Coatings and membrane integration as localized 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, crosslinking and textile finishing concepts.
“…better performance requires integrated approaches, thus functional textiles will contain less components but more intelligence …”