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Facilities

Across the centre there exists a growing range of research facilities

COLOUR CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

• Capillary Electrophoresis
• Dye house with fully operational FONG'S jet dyer with
   online 50L reactor
• Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and
   FT-Raman spectroscopy
• Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry
• High resolution, 3D opto-digital imaging system
• Hot-stage optical microscopy
• Particle Size Analysis
• Rheology / Viscometry
• Scanning Electron Microscopy / Energy Dispersive
   X-Ray Spectrometry
• Suite for the evaluation of printed electronic
   transistors
• Suite of equipment for droplet delivery
• Suite for the evaluation of printability and quality of
   printed images
• Thermal Analysis – Differential Scanning Calorimetry
• Thermogravimetric Analysis
• UV-VIS-NIR Spectrophotometry and UV-VIS with
   peltier stage

COLOUR PHYSICS LABORATORY

• Colour imaging
• Colour measurement facilities
• Eye tracker technology

FIBRE SCIENCE LABORATORY

• Melt spinning
• Wet spinning
• Centrifugal spinning
• Electrospinning
• Electrostatic deposition
• Filament drawing
• Rheometers
• Thermal pressing
• Thermal analysis
• Copper vapour laser (polymer mods)
• Plasma coating line
• Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
• Optical microscopy and image analysis

FIBRES TO YARNS & FABRICS LABORATORY

• Drawing and Roving
• Ring-spinning
• Twisting
• Air-jet weaving
• Rapier and electronic jacquard
• 3D weaving (composites)
• Spread tow weaving system (composites)
• Warp knitting
• Weft knitting

GREEN CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

• Wet chemistry facilities
• FTIR
• TGA
• DSC
• Plasma treatment
• UV/Visible/NIR spectrophotometer
• Spectraflash colour spectrophotometer
• Fabric impregnation and dyeing equipment

NONWOVENS LABORATORY

• Fibre blending
• Fibre extraction and pulling plant
• Carding (parallel-laid) and cross-lapping
• Air-Laid (short fibre and long fibre systems)
• Free surface electrospinning
• Force spinning
• Meltblown
• Wetlaid
• Hydroentanglement (7 injectors up to 180 bar)
• Needlepunching (flat and structured)
• Thermal bonding: calendar
• Thermal bonding: through-air
• Chemical Bonding (various impregnation methods
   including foam)
• Ultrasonic bonding
• Drying and curing
• Hot melt
• Laminating
• Coating
• Vacuum Bagging (composites)
• Nanoparticle deposition
• Porometry
• Image analysis (pore structure, fibre orientation,
   structural  characterisation)
• Liquid transport, wicking and absorbency

PERFORMANCE CLOTHING LABORATORY

• Climate chamber
• Wearable humidity and temperature sensor packs
• Rain room facility
• Shower test
• Moisture vapour transmission
• Helmet drop testing
• Flex testing
• Seam strength
• Air permeability
• Coated fabric performance testing
• Nanogel/Xerogel production
• Sweating guarded hotplate
• Thermal resistance and conductivity
• Abrasion resistance
• Wearer trial organization

TESTING AND CHARACTERISATION LABORATORY

• Standard textile testing facilities for fibres, yarns and
   fabrics in accordance  with BS, ISO, ASTM and IST.
• Microscopy
• Fibre dimensions (length, diameter distribution, crimp,
   cross-sectional shape) and surface analysis
• Contact angle and wetting
• Yarn and fabric dimensions
• Yarn torsional properties
• Frictional properties
• Electrostatic properties
• Hairiness
• Tensile testing: fibres, yarns and fabrics
• Multi-axial testing
• Burst testing
• Tear testing
• Pilling
• Abrasion
• Dimensional stability
• Handle testing (Kawabata, FAST)
• Crease recovery
• Drape

WET CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

• Padding and full impregnation
• Mini-stenters
• Washing systems
• Dyeing and finishing pilot-scale facilities