Meet Line who studied Materials Science Engineering at VIA

Line is a full degree student of Materials Science Engineering at VIA University College and work with intelligent textiles.

Line works with intelligent textiles

Line is working with intelligent textiles.
I try-out the different options and test them. I really like the tension that lies between the experiment and the unknown. Line Nygaard Jensen

I am doing my semester project in collaboration with the company Ohmatex, which specialises in intelligent textiles; more specifically, electronic textiles or “e-textiles”.

E-textiles are functional textiles that integrate an electronic element, for example, to measure the body’s temperature or movement.

Working with functions in materials is really interesting—how can you technically design and improve a textile product?

My assignment is to improve a product

Ohmatex has developed a product that can measure muscle activity. What looks like a regular piece of cloth on the outside is actually able to capture how the user moves their muscles.

This can be vital when it comes to one-sided, repetitive work that burdens the body or sports activities. So if an injury has occurred or the user would like to optimise physical performance, the technology can help guide them to the correct treatment.

My job is to find out how we can improve on that technology – and make Version 2.

Normally, we associate muscle activity with heat and sweat, which is useful because moisture is a good leader. But not a lot of moisture or sweat is generated if the person is sedentary or inactive.

Therefore, my challenge is to find out how we can improve and retain moisture in the electrodes so as to ensure a good electrical signal over a long period of time.

I test in the lab

There are many options. We can add moisture with water or a completely different liquid that does not evaporate. We can also make the electrodes out of other materials with a longer drying time or a better ability to retain moisture.

I try-out the different options and test them. I really like the tension that lies between the experiment and the unknown.

Practical lab experiments are also one of my core skills from the educational programme. And in return, I get to learn loads about electronics in textiles and the use of data from my experiments.

My work is of great value

My assignment enables me to work closely with reality. It means a lot to me that my semester project is not just a school project. And I feel that what I can contribute as a student, can actually be used for something in the industry.

It is also a plus that I can write I have experience with a project that solves a real problem for a company on my CV.

The 3 best things about the project

  • Collaborating with a company gives far greater relevance to my assignment.
  • I am building up a network with trained engineers and an exciting company.
  • I am challenging myself – and that is so important for learning new things!

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