Recently, there have been significant innovations in smart textiles, which are “intelligent textile structures or fabrics that can sense and react to environmental stimuli, which may be mechanical, thermal, chemical, biological, and magnetic amongst others,” according to Science Direct. In particular, magnetic smart textiles have great potential because they can be used in a variety of fields, such as medical treatment, smart clothing, electronic textiles, biomedicine, sportswear, protective clothing, and space exploration. 

In a recent study, scientists used neodymium magnets to prepare smart textile composites to improve thermal stability and mechanical strength. By doing so, they could uncover ways to improve textile magnetism. This was the first time magnetic textiles were prepared with neodymium magnets, by a coating, to improve magnetization. 

The Results

To test the results of neodymium magnets in magnetic smart textiles, a neodymium coating was placed on three fabrics: plain woven cotton, knitted cotton, and plain woven polyester. According to the study, “The results showed that the surface magnetic induction intensity of plain woven cotton-based fabrics was up to 27 megatonnes when the content of magnetic powder was 70 wt%. This means magnetic textile fabrics with good magnetic properties can be prepared using this method.” They also found that magnetism and remanence was directly proportional to the amount of neodymium powder, meaning when powder was increased, so was magnetism and remanence. 

You may be thinking, “What do these results mean for my business?” Because neodymium magnets can be used to prepare fabrics in special conditions that need high magnetization, the smart textile industry could be revolutionized. For instance, we could see magnetic smart textiles being used to create protective equipment or apparel, or they could be used in medical applications to capture many useful physiological signals. 

Purchase Neodymium Magnets From Apex Magnets

At Apex Magnets, we sell a variety of neodymium magnets to implement in smart textiles. We also offer custom magnets, so you can order custom magnets in various shapes, sizes, and strengths depending on the particular application. 

Fill out our custom magnet request form, and we’ll review your RFQ within 1-2 business days for FREE. There’s no obligation to purchase. As always, if you have any questions about our magnets or custom magnets, don’t hesitate to contact us at 1.304.257.1193.