2017 – 2019

The purpose of the ACSENT project was to develop a cockpit simulator environment to test new technologies. This project involved a collaboration between Sertec Engineering (Spain), Paragon (Greece), and Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom).

The Advanced Textiles Research Group developed an innovative pilot seat back as part of this project which incorporated textile electrodes to monitor heart rate and temperature sensing E-yarns, to provide an indication of body temperature. Many important design factors were explored to optimise the design of the seat back and to understand the boundary conditions for use, which saw parameters such as the size of the electrodes, and the material worn by the user being investigated.

The team from the ATRG that worked on this project consited of: Professor Tilak Dias, William Hurley, Dr. Theodore Hughes-Riley, Dr. Fraser Hill-Casey, Dr. Arash Shahidi, Carlos Oliveira, Achala Satharasinghe, and Zahra Rahemtulla.

The project was funded through a European Union Horizon 2020 project under grant agreement 755652. Funding details are available here.

Details of this innovation are available in the following article:

Understanding the design rules for a nonintrusive, textile, heart rate monitoring system

Details on the mechanical a electrical testing of the electrodes used to create this device are available in the following publication:

An Investigation of the Physical and Electrical Properties of Knitted Electrodes When Subjected to Multi-Axial Compression and Abrasion