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  • 1.
    Adawi, Rahim
    Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för ingenjörsvetenskap.
    Preventing fatal effects of overworking: Product design solution2018Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 20 poäng / 30 hpOppgave
    Abstract [en]

    “Overworking to death” is a phenomenon that has been noticeable in developing countries. The cause of death is mainly through ischemic strokes. While the victims’ occupations differed, they all shared a common characteristic, being positioned in a sedentary work, ranging from IT workers to doctors. This project’s aim was to develop a product that prevented or decreased the strokes that derived from sedentary overwork. This was mainly tackled by preventing one of the three causes of developing blood props, slowed blood flow. In order to gather rich data of the phenomenon, a qualitative study was conducted in China, during two months. By doing an extensive structured sampling, information rich data could be gathered during a short period of time. Data were derived from observations, questionnaires and an interview, which then was interpreted to customer needs and the final product specification. The final product became a trouser with an in built dynamic compression mechanic, that can compress the veins mostly during sitting activities, in order to prevent blood stasis. The compression mechanic works like the Chinese finger trap; compressing the calves while sitting and stretching the legs forward. It is made only out of polysaccharides fibres; cotton and corn.

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  • 2.
    Atarijabarzadeh, Sevil
    et al.
    KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch Chem Sci & Engn, Fibre & Polymer Technol, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Nilsson, Fritjof
    KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch Chem Sci & Engn, Fibre & Polymer Technol, Stockholm, Sweden / ABB, Corp Res, Västerås, Sweden.
    Hillborg, Henrik
    KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch Chem Sci & Engn, Fibre & Polymer Technol, Stockholm, Sweden / ABB, Corp Res, Västerås, Sweden.
    Karlsson, Sigbritt
    Högskolan i Skövde. KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch Chem Sci & Engn, Fibre & Polymer Technol, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Strömberg, Emma
    KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch Chem Sci & Engn, Fibre & Polymer Technol, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Image Analysis Determination of the Influence of Surface Structure of Silicone Rubbers on Biofouling2015Inngår i: International Journal of Polymer Science, ISSN 1687-9422, E-ISSN 1687-9430, artikkel-id 390292Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This study focuses on how the texture of the silicone rubber material affects the distribution of microbial growth on the surface of materials used for high voltage insulation. The analysis of surface wetting properties showed that the textured surfaces provide higher receding contact angles and therefore lower contact angle hysteresis. The textured surfaces decrease the risk for dry band formation and thus preserve the electrical properties of the material due to a more homogeneous distribution of water on the surface, which, however, promotes the formation of more extensive biofilms. The samples were inoculated with fungal suspension and incubated in a microenvironment chamber simulating authentic conditions in the field. The extent and distribution of microbial growth on the textured and plane surface samples representing the different parts of the insulator housing that is shank and shed were determined by visual inspection and image analysis methods. The results showed that the microbial growth was evenly distributed on the surface of the textured samples but restricted to limited areas on the plane samples. More intensive microbial growth was determined on the textured samples representing sheds. It would therefore be preferable to use the textured surface silicone rubber for the shank of the insulator.

  • 3.
    Gil-Castell, O.
    et al.
    Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales (ITM), Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV), Valencia, Spain.
    Badia, J. D.
    Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales (ITM), Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV), Valencia, Spain / Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Escola Tecnica Superior d'Enginyeria, Universitat de Valencia, Burjassot, Spain.
    Kittikorn, T.
    School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Fibre and Polymer Technology, KTH e Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden / Department of Materials Science and Technology, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla, Thailand.
    Strömberg, E.
    School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Fibre and Polymer Technology, KTH e Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Ek, M.
    School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Fibre and Polymer Technology, KTH e Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Karlsson, Sigbritt
    Högskolan i Skövde. School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Fibre and Polymer Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Ribes-Greus, A.
    Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales (ITM), Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV), Valencia, Spain.
    Impact of hydrothermal ageing on the thermal stability, morphology and viscoelastic performance of PLA/sisal biocomposites2016Inngår i: Polymer degradation and stability, ISSN 0141-3910, E-ISSN 1873-2321, Vol. 132, s. 87-96Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The influence of the combined exposure to water and temperature on the behaviour of polylactide/sisal biocomposites coupled with maleic acid anhydride was assessed through accelerated hydrothermal ageing. The biocomposites were immersed in water at temperatures from 65 to 85 degrees C, between the glass transition and cold crystallisation of the PLA matrix. The results showed that the most influent factor for water absorption was the percentage of fibres, followed by the presence of coupling agent, whereas the effect of the temperature was not significant. Deep assessment was devoted to biocomposites subjected to hydrothermal ageing at 85 degrees C, since it represents the extreme degrading condition. The morphology and crystallinity of the biocomposites were evaluated by means of X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The viscoelastic and thermal performance were assessed by means of dynamic mechanic thermal analysis (DMTA) and thermogravimetry (TGA). The presence of sisal generally diminished the thermal stability of the biocomposites, which was mitigated by the addition of the coupling agent. After composite preparation, the effectiveness of the sisal fibre was improved by the crystallisation of PLA around sisal, which increased the storage modulus and reduced the dampening factor. The presence of the coupling agent strengthened this effect. After hydrothermal ageing, crystallisation was promoted in all biocomposites therefore showing more fragile behaviour evidencing pores and cracks. However, the addition of coupling agent in the formulation of biocomposites contributed in all cases to minimise the effects of hydrothermal ageing. 

  • 4.
    Gil-Castell, O.
    et al.
    Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales (ITM), Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain.
    Badia, J. D.
    Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales (ITM), Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain / Departament de Química Orgànica i Analítica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain / Departament d’Enginyeria Química, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeria, Universitat de València, Burjassot, Spain.
    Strömberg, E.
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Fibre and Polymer Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Karlsson, Sigbritt
    Högskolan i Skövde. KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Fibre and Polymer Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Ribes-Greus, A.
    Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales (ITM), Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain.
    Effect of the dissolution time into an acid hydrolytic solvent to taylor electrospun nanofibrous polycaprolactone scaffolds2017Inngår i: European Polymer Journal, ISSN 0014-3057, E-ISSN 1873-1945, Vol. 87, s. 174-187Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The hydrolysis of the polycaprolactone (PCL) as a function of the dissolution time in a formic/acetic acid mixture was considered as a method for tailoring the morphology of nanofibrous PCL scaffolds. Hence the aim of this research was to establish a correlation between the dissolution time of the polymer in the acid solvent with the physicochemical properties of the electrospun nanofibrous scaffolds and their further service life behaviour. The physico-chemical properties of the scaffolds were assessed in terms of fibre morphology molar mass and thermal behaviour. A reduction of the molar mass and the lamellar thickness as well as an increase of the crystallinity degree were observed as a function of dissolution time. Bead-free fibres were found after 24 and 48 h of dissolution time with similar diameter distributions. The decrease of the fibre diameter distributions along with the apparition of beads was especially significant for scaffolds prepared after 72 h and 120 h of dissolution time in the acid mixture. The service life of the obtained devices was evaluated by means of in vitro validation under abiotic physiological conditions. All the scaffolds maintained the nanofibrous structure after 100 days of immersion in water and PBS. The molar mass was barely affected and the crystallinity degree and the lamellar thickness increased along immersion preventing scaffolds from degradation. Scaffolds prepared after 24 h and 48 h kept their fibre diameters whereas those prepared after 72 h and 120 h showed a significant reduction. This PCL tailoring procedure to obtain scaffolds that maintain the nanoscaled structure after such long in vitro evaluation will bring new opportunities in the design of long-term biomedical patches. 

  • 5.
    Li, Cai
    et al.
    Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för informationsteknologi. Högskolan i Skövde, Forskningscentrum för Informationsteknologi.
    Bredies, Katharina
    Department of Design, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business, University of Borås, Sweden.
    Lund, Anja
    Department of Textile Technology, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business, University of Borås, Sweden.
    Nierstrasz, Vincent
    Department of Textile Technology, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business, University of Borås, Sweden.
    Hemeren, Paul
    Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för informationsteknologi. Högskolan i Skövde, Forskningscentrum för Informationsteknologi.
    Högberg, Dan
    Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för ingenjörsvetenskap. Högskolan i Skövde, Forskningscentrum för Virtuella system.
    k-Nearest-Neighbour based Numerical Hand Posture Recognition using a Smart Textile Glove2015Inngår i: AMBIENT 2015: The Fifth International Conference on Ambient Computing, Applications, Services and Technologies / [ed] MaartenWeyn, International Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA), 2015, s. 36-41Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, the authors present an interdisciplinary project that illustrates the potential and challenges in dealing with electronic textiles as sensing devices. An interactive system consisting of a knitted sensor glove and electronic circuit and a numeric hand posture recognition algorithm based on k-nearestneighbour (kNN) is introduced. The design of the sensor glove itself is described, considering two sensitive fiber materials – piezoresistive and piezoelectric fibers – and the construction using an industrial knitting machine as well as the electronic setup is sketched out. Based on the characteristics of the textile sensors, a kNN technique based on a condensed dataset has been chosen to recognize hand postures indicating numbers from one to five from the sensor data. The authors describe two types of data condensation techniques (Reduced Nearest Neighbours and Fast Condensed Nearest Neighbours) in order to improve the data quality used by kNN, which are compared in terms of run time, condensation rate and recognition accuracy. Finally, the article gives an outlook on potential application scenarios for sensor gloves in pervasive computing.

  • 6.
    Vilaplana, Francisco
    et al.
    Division of Glycoscience, School of Biotechnology, AlbaNova University Centre, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden / Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Nilsson, Johanna
    Department of CollectionsThe Royal Armoury, Skokloster Castle, Hallwyl Museum, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Sommer, Dorte V. P.
    School of Conservation, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Karlsson, Sigbritt
    Högskolan i Skövde. Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Analytical markers for silk degradation: comparing historic silk and silk artificially aged in different environments2015Inngår i: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, ISSN 1618-2642, E-ISSN 1618-2650, Vol. 407, nr 5, s. 1433-1449Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Suitable analytical markers to assess the degree of degradation of historic silk textiles at molecular and macroscopic levels have been identified and compared with silk textiles aged artificially in different environments, namely (i) ultraviolet (UV) exposure, (ii) thermo-oxidation, (iii) controlled humidity and (iv) pH. The changes at the molecular level in the amino acid composition, the formation of oxidative moieties, crystallinity and molecular weight correlate well with the changes in the macroscopic properties such as brightness, pH and mechanical properties. These analytical markers are useful to understand the degradation mechanisms that silk textiles undergo under different degradation environments, involving oxidation processes, hydrolysis, chain scission and physical arrangements. Thermo-oxidation at high temperatures proves to be the accelerated ageing procedure producing silk samples that most resembled the degree of degradation of early seventeenth-century silk. These analytical markers will be valuable to support the textile conservation tasks currently being performed in museums to preserve our heritage.

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