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Vital Protection

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Smart yarns for health and wellbeing

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Mycelium – fibers of the future?

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Photo courtesy of Texas Tech University

With COVID-19 now making its third major wave with Omicron, even vaccine-boosted people have been infected with this variant, demanding countermeasures such as the use of masks, avoiding gatherings and enhancing hygiene measures. Medical experts and the available data clearly point out that vaccines have reduced the hospitalization and severity of the disease. The nature …

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Thermo-mechanical properties and b) stress-strain curves of PLA and modified PLA

Hamid Ebrahimi recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science from North Carolina State University where he studied polylactic acid (PLA) structure-process-property relationships with other biodegradable polymers. His research was conducted through the Nonwovens Institute (NWI). The NWI serves as a bridge between industry and academia, where students can get the best of …

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Figure 1. Schematic of the centrifugal spinning process

Hanna Pysik is pursuing an M.Sc. in Textile Chain Research specializing in textile technology at Reutlingen University. Her semester thesis is in cooperation with the German Institutes for Textile and Fiber Research in Denkendorf (Germany) where she is conducting research on the effects of centrifugal spinning for fine fiber nonwovens. Hanna first became interested in …

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automation in textile fiber space

When we talk about automation and digitalization and we strip back all of the features and functions and buzzwords, we’re essentially talking about technology systems and connectivity. We’re talking about technology that can be programmed, monitored and controlled to perform a process via a connected network of some sort. And while all of this discussion …

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Bally Ribbon Mills' smart textile products

I recently received a call from Yoel Fink, Ph.D., the founder of Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) and a professor of Materials Science and Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Fink is leading a course called Computing Fabrics – the first class on fabrics taught at MIT in the past century …

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