An investigation of the activation of multi-colour changing photochromic textiles

Rajapakse, Dilusha (2019) An investigation of the activation of multi-colour changing photochromic textiles. Journal of Textiles and Engineer (Tekstil ve Mühendis), 26 (114). pp. 196-208. ISSN 1300-7599

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Recent development in chemistry, fibres and electronic technology provides new material directions for designers to develop dynamic textiles that can change colour and pattern as a response to external environmental stimuli. Such dynamic textiles create many opportunities including novel surface decorations, development of flexible displays that can express emotions or signals and textiles for safety and camouflage. The photochromic material can be used to design textiles embedded with reversible multicolour changing effects that can be experienced in daylight conditions. The activation of the colour changing effect of photochromic textiles is mainly influenced by the ultraviolet radiation that has a wavelength below 400 nm. One of the limitations of using photochromic colourants for the development of multi-colour changing textiles is the inability to control the activation of individual colours that have been applied to the textile surface. As such, the resulting visual experience has the tendency to become predictable for observers, thus, restrict the creative product design possibilities. The research conducted in this paper aimed to address this by exploring the possibility of handling different activation methods to control the kinetic behaviour of photochromic textiles. Three different activation methods including; sunlight, artificial UV lights and SMD UV LEDs were examined, and the possibilities to use each of these activation methods for the excitation of controllable multi-colour changing photochromic effects was highlighted. The paper concludes with a discussion on the creative design possibilities that can be exploited with such controllable multi-colour changing photochromic textiles, and appropriate visuals have been referred to justify the findings

Item Type: Article
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15 May 2019Accepted
30 June 2019Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dynamic aesthetics, Multi-colour changing textiles, Non-emissive colours, Printed textile design
Subjects: CAH10 - engineering and technology > CAH10-03 - materials and technology > CAH10-03-02 - materials technology
CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-01 - creative arts and design > CAH25-01-03 - design studies
CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-01 - creative arts and design > CAH25-01-05 - others in creative arts and design
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Jewellery, Fashion & Textiles > School of Fashion and Textiles
Depositing User: Dilusha Rajapakse
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2019 11:21
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:59

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