An International Seminar on Technical Textile
Panipat Institute of Engineering and Technology was organised a seminar on 'new avenues in the field of technical textile worldwide' by Prof. (Dr.) Andrew Hewitt, University of Huddersfield, UK.
By: Panipat Institute of Engineering and Technology
It was a seminar on 'new avenues in the field of technical textile worldwide' by Prof. (Dr.) Andrew Hewitt, University of Huddersfield, UK. He was accompanied by his associate Dr. Nandan Kumar, Managing Director, High performance fibre.
Welcoming the guest Mr. Subhasish Pal, HOD, Textile Engineering said, "We at PIET feel a sense of pride to have with us Prof. Andrew Hewitt, who is known as a research laureate in the area of innovative fabrics, the latest of which is the concept of Hydro entangled Nonwovens."
Prof. Andrew shared with the audience that the cost of production of fabrics is a growing concern with the people globally. He added that with the advancements in technology and the availability of the innovative fibre, durable nonwoven fabrics by using the hydroentanglement process that can compete with the woven fabrics in terms of their aesthetic and tensile properties, are being developed. The prepared fabrics were characterised according to the British Standards and the attained results were compared with those for a standard plain-weave cotton, polyester woven fabric and commercially available nonwoven fabrics. The developed hydroentangled fabrics showed better drape properties owing to their flexural rigidity, which was a very encouraging factor for all the team working on this innovative product, which is not only cost effective but echo friendly also, as it helps in reducing the carbon footprint for the apparel fabric manufacture. At the same time, it is biodegradable.
The tensile strength of the woven fabric is somewhat higher than the nonwoven fabrics, but the bending rigidity values are very similar in nature. The absorption and wicking properties of the developed fabrics were higher than the Evolon and woven fabric in both the machine and cross directions because of the hygroscopic and fibril structure of the Tencel fibres.
He made special reference to medical and sports fields where these fabrics are now being put into use. Referring to the increased usage of colostomy bags in European countries, there is truly a need of developing a bio-degradable fabric to get rid of soil pollution. In case of sports, breathable fabrics are being designed with a view to let the sweat out but not let the rain water in. and the research is still on for betterment.
Thanking the speaker Prof. Shakti Kumar, Director PIET, said, "I am thankful to Prof Andrew Hewitt for his valuable inputs to enrich the textile students who must have realised having chosen the right stream of engineering, which now has an enormous scope in terms of research, development and employability."
Prof. Andrew, he added is a volume in himself on the subject of textile engineering and has spent 22 long valuable years in research and development of new fabrics, nonwoven being one of these.
For the students of Haryana, Delhi NCR and North India an opportunity exists to pursue textile engineering at Panipat Institute of Engineering and Technology (PIET), the top Textile Engineering Colleges in Delhi, Textile Engineering Colleges in India. This institute is approved by AICTE for its qualitative education standards. The same is affiliated to Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, which also is one the top-ranking universities of India and has been awarded 'A+ rating' by NAAC, an autonomous university declared by UGC in the recent past.
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