Electromechanical Properties of Silver-Plated Yarns and Their Relation to Yarn Construction Parameters

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For signal transmission and sensing in stretchable structures for human motion monitoring or proprioception of soft robots, textiles with electronically conductive yarns are a promising option. Many recent publications employ silver-plated yarns in knits, braids, wovens for strain or pressure sensing purposes as well as heating fabrics or twisted string actuators. Silver-plated yarns are available in a wide range of base materials, yarn counts and twists. These structural properties significantly influence the electrical and electromechanical behavior of such yarns. However, until now little research has been carried out on the yarns themselves. To close this research gap, several variations of a single yarn type are electromechanically characterized. Additionally, tensile tests with synchronous resistance measurements are performed. From these measurements, sensor metrics are derived and calculated to compare the different variants quantitatively.


Original languageEnglish
Article number4210
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023

External IDs

ORCID /0000-0003-1058-4030/work/159607989
ORCID /0000-0002-0803-8818/work/159608851


ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • electrically conductive yarn, electromechanical characterization, fiber-based sensors, silver-plated yarn, textile strain sensors