Electronics and Computing in Textiles by Savvas Vassiliadis

electro-comput-in-textilesThe book “Electronics and Computing in Textiles” has a strong cross-disciplinary character. Textiles (including clothing) represent a mature industrial sector, however it engages many scientific fields. Process, mechanical, electrical, electronics and computer engineering, in parallel to the physics and chemistry, as well as to the materials science contribute in the evolution and the progress of the Textile engineering. Textile sector benefits from the interaction between the disciplines. Newly developed materials and methods, new machines and models are added to the potential of the textile engineering. The result is obvious: advanced textile and clothing items, more comfortable and with better appearance as well as with improved mechanical and sensorial properties. It is also very impressive that these advanced products are delivered in the market under much better cost characteristics than in the past. The increased interaction and synergy between the various disciplines has generated the strong stream of the technical textiles. They are fibrous and textile products created for technical applications and use. Medical, military, aeronautical, automotive and structural are considered as typical technical textiles. Recently the electronics and the computing engineering influence on an increasing basis the textile processes and products. The multifunctional textiles are complex products designed with the aim to combine the textile character with one or more others, e.g. the electrical. This fact enables the presentation of the point of view of this book. It examines the dependencies and the relationships between the

electronics and the computing on the one hand and the textiles on the other, in order to serve the study and the understanding of the related materials, systems and processes. It is worth to mention that the approach of this book is very innovative and unique, since there is a lack of related sources with the aforementioned contents and structure. This book is a result of the collaboration of many authors. Every chapter corresponding to a different topic, has been written by one or more scientists of the respective specialization. The majority of the chapters are written by electrical and computers engineers, who specialize and apply the electrical, electronic and computing engineering topics into the textile fields. Few other chapters give the opposite

point of view, where the textile engineers describe how the electronic and computing systems exist now in their fields and influence the productivity and the production issues. One of the research activities of the Department of Electronics of TEI Piraeus, Greece is the support of the electronics and computing issues applied in the textile and clothing sector. Therefore the authors of the first group are mainly from the academic staff of it. The authors of the second group are well known and specialized members of the academic community of the universities of Iasi, Romania and Ege, Turkey. In this book the readers will read Nonlinear approaches in textiles: the Artificial Neural Networks example, Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs), ANNs in textiles engineering, Computational Modeling of textile structures, Introduction to the computational modeling, The computational modeling in the textile sector, The basic principles of the Finite Element Method, Geometrical representation of the textile structures, Implementing the FEM in the textile design, Introduction to e-textiles, Electronic conductivity Background, Conductive textiles, Power supply sources for e-textiles, Processors/Microprocessors, Communication technologies in e-textiles, Acoustics and sound absorption issues applied in textile problems, Sound and noise, Sound measurement, Sound reflection, absorption, refraction, Sound absorption measurement methods, Sound absorption mechanisms, porous materials, Applications on textiles, Use of Digital Signal Processing in the textile field, Signals and Digitization, Signal processing basics, Discrete Time Signals and Systems, Digital image processing, DSP in textile quality control, RF Measurements and characterization of Conductive Textile materials, Elementary transmission lines theory, Coaxial cable T-resonator measurements results, Micro strip T-resonator measurements results, Antenna fundamentals, Textile antennas, Programmable logic controllers (PLC), PLC characteristics, Input and output characteristics, Software development, Operation of the PLC, Wireless body area networks and sensors networking, Why Sensor networks? WBAN Applications, WBAN Architecture, Communication Protocols/ Platforms, WBANS projects, Concluding Remarks,  Electronic and computer applications in the knitting design and production, Knitting principles, Knitting machines, Production of knitted garments, Use of knitted fabrics, Introduction of electronic elements and devices, Computer-aided designing (CAD), Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), Electronic and computer applications in the clothing design and production, Electronics and computing in modeling department, Electronics and computing in sewing room, Computerized movers, Computerized production management and control and much more.

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