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Washing Durability of PDMS-Conductive Fabric Composite: Realizing Washable UHF RFID Tags

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-1
Number of pages1
JournalIEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Sep 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


In this paper, we present experimental investigations on washing durability of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-conductive fabric composite, to validate its applicability for realization of flexible wearable antennas that can withstand multiple washing cycles. For this purpose, we designed an ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID) passive tag antenna and fabricated several prototypes using such materials combination. Understanding the challenge of having a robust integration of lumped electronic component (e.g., RFID IC) on a flexible antenna, a new way to improve the interconnection has also been investigated. The tag prototypes were subjected to recurrent machine-washing tests, and after each washing cycle, their performance was analyzed mainly in terms of read range. The results reveal that, with a proper treatment on the antenna-IC fixture interconnection, the tag antennas developed with PDMS-conductive fabric composite can maintain their performance very well, showing a minimum degradation in read range after 15 cycles of washing.


  • Fabrics, Integrated circuits, Antenna accessories, Coatings, Prototypes, Antenna measurements, Conductive fabric, flexible antennas, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), radio frequency identification (RFID), recurrent washings, tag antennas, textile antennas

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