Thermochromic Textile Structures: Dynamic Ambient Light Design

By Isabel Cabral and Antonio Pedro Souto.

Published by The International Journal of Designed Objects

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Smart textiles provide challenging materials and technologies, but also require new knowledge and skills of design practice. This scenario represents new possibilities to interact with people and environment. To achieve different ambient light, several lamps or dimmers that regulate the light intensity are normally applied. Focusing on light, the aim of this study is to develop textile structure, printed with thermochromic and conventional pigments, with dynamic behaviour that changes ambient light without acting upon the light source. The developed design process addresses a set of results and conclusions of previous research on how to combine and print with the above-mentioned materials in order to achieve differences in light transmittance when the thermochromic textiles are activated. The product development explores textile expressions and structural possibilities through origami techniques, strengthening, and highlighting the effect between morphology and light projections. As a result, designed thermochromic textile structure affect light in colour and intensity outcomes, creating dynamic ambient light.

Keywords: Dynamic Light, Smart Textiles, Thermochromism, Textile Design

The International Journal of Designed Objects, Volume 7, Issue 3, November 2014, pp.23-35. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 731.278KB).

Isabel Cabral

PhD Student, Department of Textile Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal

Prof. Antonio Pedro Souto

Auxiliary Professor, Department of Textile Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal