Smart Textiles: An Overview

  • Lieva Van LangenhoveEmail author
  • Carla Hertleer
  • Anne Schwarz
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics book series (NAPSB)


This chapter introduces smart textiles and explains how textile materials and structures can be used as sensors, actuators, communication devices, energy sources and storage tools, and even processors. Conductive materials serve as the base for smart textiles. There are several advantages of using textiles as a substrate for smart functions; this chapter explains their important role in thermoregulation and highlights a smart suit for rescue workers.


Smart textiles Protection Monitoring Communication Textile integration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lieva Van Langenhove
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carla Hertleer
    • 1
  • Anne Schwarz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of TextilesGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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