The overall objective of the INTELTEX project is to develop a radically new approach to obtain intelligent textiles combining three innovative functions:
continuous measurement of mechanical stresses applied to the textile structure,
thermal self regulated textile surfaces,
detection of chemicals (toxic volatile solvents...).
This multi-sensitivity will be ensured by the integration of Conductive Polymer Composite (CPC) in textiles fibres. CPC, obtained by dispersion of conductive particles in a non conductive polymeric matrix, is a material whose electrical conductivity changes depending on external stresses such as temperature, strain and vapour atmosphere.
By processing textiles structures integrating CPC based fibres, it will be possible to get multi-reactive textiles where the fibres and the textile act as sensors.