DEVELOPMENT OF TEST RIG SYSTEM FOR CALIBRATION OF TEMPERATURE SENSING FABRIC


Husain M. D. , Atalay O. , Atalay A., Kennon R.

AUTEX RESEARCH JOURNAL, vol.17, no.3, pp.219-228, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1515/aut-2017-0013
  • Title of Journal : AUTEX RESEARCH JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.219-228
  • Keywords: temperature sensor, resistance temperature detector, temperature sensing fabric, test-rig for temperature-resistance calibration, textile sensors, human body temperature, SENSOR, PARAMETERS, TEXTILES, DESIGN

Abstract

A test rig is described, for the measurement of temperature and resistance parameters of a Temperature Sensing Fabric (TSF) for calibration purpose. The equipment incorporated a temperature-controlled hotplate, two copper plates, eight thermocouples, a temperature data-logger and a four-wire high-resolution resistance measuring multimeter. The copper plates were positioned above and below the TSF and in physical contact with its surfaces, so that a uniform thermal environment might be provided. The temperature of TSF was estimated by the measurement of temperature profiles of the two copper plates. Temperature-resistance graphs were created for all the tests, which were carried out over the range of 20 to 50 degrees C, and they showed that the temperature and resistance values were not only repeatable but also reproducible, with only minor variations. The comparative analysis between the temperature-resistance test data and the temperature-resistance reference profile showed that the error in estimation of temperature of the sensing element was less than +/- 0.2 degrees C. It was also found that the rig not only provided a stable and homogenous thermal environment but also offered the capability of accurately measuring the temperature and resistance parameters. The Temperature Sensing Fabric is suitable for integration into garments for continuous measurement of human body temperature in clinical and non-clinical settings.