Electromechanical analysis of length-related resistance and contact resistance of conductive knitted fabrics

Li Li, Song Liu, Feng Ding, Tao Hua, Wai Man au, Kwok Shing Wong

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Conductive fabrics usually exhibit two types of electrical resistance: the length-related resistance and contact resistance. The length-related resistance increases with the applied extensile force, whereas the contact resistance decreases with the contact force. The resistance of conductive knitted fabrics could be modeled by the superposition of the length-related resistance and contact resistance. Three experiments were conducted to investigate the resistance of conductive yarns: two overlapped conduct yarns and conductive knitting stitches under unidirectional extensile forces, respectively; and the corresponding empirical equations were developed. The relationship of the resistance, tensile force, fabric length and width were established. The fitting curves with high coefficient of determinations (>0.94) and low standard errors (<0.18) given by the modeling equations were achieved. Therefore, the proposed model could be used to compute the resistance of the conductive knitting fabrics under unidirectional extension.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2062-2070
Number of pages9
JournalTextile Research Journal
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2012


  • conductive knitted fabrics
  • contact resistance
  • Electromechanical analysis model
  • length-related resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics

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