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A systematic study of the high frequency electrical properties of electro-textiles is presented in this paper. First, conductive thread characterization is completed with a waveguide cavity method. The effect of conductive thread density and comparison of several different types of conductive threads are included. Second, comparisons of knitted patterns and weave patterns are made in terms of effective electrical conductivity through a microstrip resonator method. The effect of various weave patterns on conductive and dielectric loss is detailed. Finally, the relevance of the high frequency characterization of the electro-textile materials is shown through electro-textile patch antenna fabrication and measurements. The efficiency of the fully fabric patch antenna is as high as 78% due to the use of low loss electrotextiles characterized in this paper.
Date of Publication: Feb. 2008