Advanced technology materials focuses on the application of new technologies in performance textiles as well as finding enhancements for traditional technologies.
The School has gained considerable expertise in the field of high-velocity ballistic fabrics as incorporated in the protective vests worn by military and para-military personnel. Studies of nano-particles and nano-fibres have been a second major research focus, with current projects including:
- Evaluation of the fundamental performance of nano-particle based printing inks for textile applications,
- Use of phase-change textiles materials to control the thermal micro-environment inside crash helmets.
- Textile-based phase-change materials (PCM) for automotive applications and development of specialised fire-protective apparel
- Manufacturing and evaluation of electro-spun multi-layered nano-fibre composites, with a view to improving their properties for fluid filtration and medical applications.
The cluster would like to explore the projects based on the use of some natural fibres, perhaps activated with appropriate coatings of nano-particles to potentially reduce the levels of a range of harmful gases in poorly ventilated spaces and nano-fibre layers or nano-particle surface treatments have potential for chemical- or bio-hazard protection.
The addition of new Plasma coating equipment will assist in undertaking projects on fibre modifications and coatings for various traditional and non-traditional applications of textiles.
Application of nanotechnology for wool
Application of nanotechnology for wool and wool blends in medical textiles utilising biopolymers.More about this project Application of nanotechnology for wool
Fundamental studies on fabrication
Fundamental studies on fabrication, morphology and performances of bi-layer electrospun nanofibre membrane.More about this project Fundamental studies on fabrication
Investigation on new bi-shrinkage yarns
Techno-Commercial Investigation on New Bi-shrinkage Yarns production and Applications.More about this project Investigation on new bi-shrinkage yarns
Cooling motorcycle helmets
Textile applications for the cooling of motorcycle helmets.More about this project Cooling motorcycle helmets
Application of wool in ballistic vests
Funded by Australian Wool InnovationMore about this project Application of wool in ballistic vests
Studies in development of pigmented inks
Studies in development of pigmented inks and processes for digital textile printingMore about this project Studies in development of pigmented inks
Garments for curing minor pains in vertebral column
Coated textiles and/or smart textiles in knitted/ woven garments for curing minor pains in vertebral columnMore about this project Garments for curing minor pains in vertebral column
Development of automotive textile fabrics
Development of automotive textile fabrics with anti-odour/antimicrobial propertiesMore about this project Development of automotive textile fabrics