Fabrication and reliability evaluation of passive UHF RFID T-shirts

X. Chen, H. He, L. Ukkonen, J. Virkki, Y. Lu, H. Lam

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    In this paper, we present textile antennas fabricated for T-shirt RFID applications by cutting from commercially available electro-textile, by sewing with conductive thread, and by 3D printing with stretchable silver ink on a 100 % cotton fabric. The ready tags with attached ICs are coated with a protective stretchable encapsulant. The wireless performance of the T-shirt tags is evaluated initially as well as after seven washing cycles, followed by nine washing-drying cycles in a household washing and drying machines. The initial read ranges of all kinds of tags, when measured on-body, are around 3.5 meters. Based on the reliability testing results, the coating effectively protects the components from cyclic washing and drying.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Workshop on Antenna Technology, iWAT2018 - Proceedings
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Electronic)9781538618516
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2018
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventInternational Workshop on Antenna Technology -
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


    ConferenceInternational Workshop on Antenna Technology
    Period1/01/00 → …


    • 3D Printing
    • electro-textiles
    • embroidery
    • passive UHF RFID
    • T-shirts
    • textiles
    • washing
    • wearable electronics

    Publication forum classification

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    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Instrumentation
    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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