HYDRAX (2013 - 2015)

This project has ended (Duration: January 2013 - December 2014)

Hydrax is an SME project developed together with the company ELASTA and submitted under the CrossTexNet programme. It involves several partners from the North of France region:  the SMEs Kindy, Afitex and SARL Tissus and the research partners HEI (Hautes Etudes d’Ingénieur) and ENSAIT (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles).

The HYDRAX consortium aims at developing a textile-based thermal flux meter which can be used in textile applications in order to detect temperature differences, such as in firefighting gear, sports and medical textiles or in geotextiles.

The final objectives of HYDRAX are:

  • developing a self-propelling textile sensor that detects and analyses the presence of various liquids;
  • characterizing and measuring the heat and mass transfer by means of the textile sensor;
  • designing a textile flow meter that is flexible, adaptable, sensitive, resistant (to certain applications), autonomous and can be integrated in a system (clothing, geotextiles…);
  • developing a realization process of a high-performance textile flow meter taking into account simplicity, eco-friendliness and affordability.

HYDRAX defines the requirements of every application separately. As a function of the application, the consortium studies some mechanisms more in detail, such as burns with firemen, heat and mass transfer of the skin to the environment with body supervision, or humidity and fluid control through fabrics with medical and geotextiles applications.


Contact: Dr. ir. Carla Hertleer