- SmarTex (2021): Smart Textiles - Health Monitoring
We are part of the team conducting Ballistocardiography for Extraterrestrial Applications and long-Term missions (BEAT) experiments on a smart t-shirt.
The SmarTex t-shirt has integrated sensors that will monitor and transmit vital signs. It was designed to be comfortable in a zero g environment and wirelessly transmit cardiovascular health data for assessment.
Applications on Earth include health monitoring for telemedicine and fitness.
- SpaceTex (2014) and SpaceTex-2 (2018): Sweating in Space (comfort)
These projects with NASA and Europeans Space Agency (ESA) tested convective and evaporative heat loss of textiles. Astronaut Alexander Gerst experimented with t-shirts (made of antibacterial fabrics) for sweat absorbtion and heat transfer during exercize on the International Space Station (ISS).
Comfort factors studied: thermal comfort (water vapor stability, thermal resistance, buffering of vaporous and liquid sweat, sweat transport, drying time, thermal insulation in dry and wet state) and skin sensorial comfort (wet cling index, the number of contact points, bending stiffness, absorption index and surface index).
Quantitative assessment of comfort for textiles, apparel & footwear (heat/moisture, skin, ergonomic).