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Tunable flow rate in textile-based materials utilising composite fibres


Farajikhah, S and Talebian, S and Cabot Canyelles, JM and Sayyar, S and Innis, PC and Paull, B and Wallace, GG, Tunable flow rate in textile-based materials utilising composite fibres, Journal of the Textile Institute, 112, (4) pp. 568-577. ISSN 0040-5000 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00405000.2020.1768767


Fluid movement is critical in textile-based microfluidic devices with post-processing approaches commonly used to enhance the wicking rate of textile-based microfluidic devices. In this work, for the first time, we have demonstrated composite fibre approach as an effective, easy, tunable and cost-effective technique with long-lasting effect to change the fibres surface chemistry. This approach incorporates commercially sourced polyester yarns and a low-density polyethylene (LDPE) - liquid crystalline graphene oxide (LCGO) composite fibre integrated into a circular knitted structure. Our technique improves the mechanical properties of the resultant fibres and provides a facile route for tuning the wicking properties of textile-based microfluidics constructs. It was shown that the fluid moves up to six times faster in 3D knitted structures containing the composite fibre as compared to equivalent 3D knitted structures made of polyester yarns only, and the flow rate achievable was found to be proportional to the LCGO loading.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:microfluidic, graphene oxide-filled fibres, polymeric materials, composite materials
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Materials engineering
Research Field:Materials engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Manufacturing
Objective Group:Ceramics, glass and industrial mineral products
Objective Field:Composite materials
UTAS Author:Cabot Canyelles, JM (Dr Joan Cabot Canyelles)
UTAS Author:Paull, B (Professor Brett Paull)
ID Code:152676
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2022-08-23
Last Modified:2022-08-23

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