Highly Conducting Textile Fibers for Electro-Textile Applications.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-07-P-0050
Agency Tracking Number: A062-175-0107
Amount: $69,739.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-175
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
ENGINEERED YARNS CO.
Div. of Pascale Industries, Inc., 939 Currant Road, Fall River, MA, 02720
DUNS: 839103348
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rathna Perera
 Director of Research & Development
 (508) 673-3307
 rperera@enyarns.com
Business Contact
 Gerald Mauretti
Title: President
Phone: (508) 673-3307
Email: gmauretti@enyarns.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The integration of electronics functionality to the textile structures offers a new and unique way to fabricate wearable military and commercial systems that sense, communicate, compute, and carry power and data both on the battlefield and on the work environment. The textiles provide the lightweight and comfort while electrical materials provide the conductivity with secondary consideration given to properties such as flexibility. The electro-textiles with attached cables have been introduced in the past. These cable based fabrics do not exhibit intrinsic qualities of textiles and have difficulty gaining user acceptance. With technological innovations appearing in both textile and electronics, textile manufacturers are eager to introduce fabrics with embedded electronics. One major hurdle in producing these fabrics is the lack of ultra fine conductors. To date, no fine wires of 10 – 25 micron are commercialized due to many manufacturing challenges. Once these challenges are overcome, fine wires can be mass produced at low cost at relatively high production rates. One objective of this proposal is to achieve textile grade wires by means of promising processes. We suggest, with great confidence, three potential processes that will lead to successful productions of textile grade wires that are less than 25 microns (1 mil).

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