The ATRG's research runs along two main topics:
- Electronic Textiles and Yarns, focusing on embedding electronic functionality into yarns and textiles.
- Flexural Materials, focusing on advanced knitted and woven structures, elastomeric composites and bio-realistic modelling.
Located in the University's School of Art & Design, the research group works closely with art and fashion colleagues, and has moved and grown within the School since its creation. Professor Dias, who leads the group, has over 35 years of research experience in this area, and has extensive industrial and academic contacts both within the UK and internationally.
The research group's areas of work include:
- Development of smart yarns by embedding semiconductor dice in yarns/fibres
- Advanced knitted and woven structures
- Knitted heated textiles
- Flexible fabric antennas for communication systems
- Electronically-active textiles for medical and automotive applications
- Graduated compression garments for sports and rehabilitation, and the treatment of venous disease and lymphoedema
- Smart knitted structures for active moisture management
- Mimicry of living, biomechanical structures and biological surrogate synthetics
- Surgical, trauma and implant training simulators and phantom modelling
This groups research contributed towards the Advanced Textiles Impact Case Study for REF 2014.
To find out more about Advanced Textiles Research download the brochure .