Reflection/Transmission Study of Two Fabrics with Microwave Properties

Torbjörn Ödman, Maria Lindén, Christer Larsson

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In this study, the transmission and reflection of two conductive fabrics are investigated in the frequency range from 2 to 18 GHz. One of the fabrics is a non-woven polypyrrole and the other consists of a polyethylene warp with steel threads in the weft. Reflection and transmission measurements are performed in order to characterize the electromagnetic properties of the materials. Reflection measurements are performed for two polarizations at normal, 0°, and 60° incident angles. Transmission measurements are also done for two polarization directions at normal incidence. The results show that the fabric with the steel filler reflects most of the incident radiation and has very low transmission with some polarization dependence. The polypyrrole non-woven fabric, on the other hand, has reflection and transmission properties that show that it is absorbing the incident radiation. Wearable on-body sensors that in addition are comfortable to wear can be integrated in the textile of clothes. These sensors can eg., be used to monitor health or analyze gait. The fabrics have the potential to be used in health applications when designing on-body sensors, e.g for movement analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-100
Number of pages5
JournalStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event11th International Conference on Wearable Micro and Nano Technologies for Personalized Health - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 2014 Jun 11 → …

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering


  • Polypyrrole fabric
  • conductive fabric
  • Reflection/Transmission measurements
  • biomonitoring fabric


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