Research Group

Professor Steven B. Warner, Sc.D.
Textile Sciences Department
College of Engineering
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Research group photo, Professor Warner

Back row, left to right: Vani S. Kaliyugavaradan, Veli Kalayci, Prabir Patra, Joel Quezada-Martich, Alice Baillie, and Skander Limem.

Front row, left to right: Raghavendra Ramamurthy, Esin Yesilalan, Chunyan Pang, Gian Gao, and Steve Warner.


Electrospinning

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  • Objectives: Understand process, increase productivity, and characterize fibers
  • Sponsors: National Textile Center, Charged Injection Corp.
  • Participants: Professor Greg Rutledge (MIT), Veli Kalayci, Dr. Prabir Patra

Nanocomposite Fibers

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  • Objectives: Understand the polymer-particle interaction; identify, form and characterize promising nanocomposite fibers; process nanotubes into fibers
  • Sponsor: National Textile Center
  • Participants: Professor Yong Kim, Dr. Prabir Patra, Professor Paul Calvert (UAZ), Esin Yesilalan

Coated Fabrics

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  • Objectives: Understand how the interactions between fabric and coating affect shear and tear properties
  • Sponsor: National Textile Center
  • Participants: Professor Julie Chen (UMass Lowell), Ning Pan (UCal Davis), Dr. Prabir Patra, Chunyan Pang

Modeling Ropes’ Toughness

  • Objectives: Quantitatively simulate the tensile deformation of rope using fiber or yarn properties
  • Sponsor: National Textile Center, New England Rope
  • Participants: Professor Julie Chen (UMass Lowell), Ankar Kumar, Dr. Prabir Patra

Spider Silk

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  • Objectives: Determine the effects of salts on the processing of spider silk
  • Sponsor: National Textile Center
  • Participants: Professor Michael Ellison (Clemson, Dr. Prabir Patra), Jian Gao

Can Domestic Apparel Manufacturing Be Competetive?

  • Objectives: Develop a model that shows the economic advantages (or disadvantages) of maintaining a component of onshore apparel manufacturing.
  • Sponsor: National Textile Center
  • Participants: Dr. Roger Warburton, Professor Linda Welters (URI)

Anisotropic Wicking and Wetting

  • Objectives: Understand the wicking and wetting behavior of fibers, yarns and fabrics as a function of their structure and chemical treatments
  • Sponsor: Griffin Manufacturing
  • Participants: Professor Haskell Beckham (GA Tech), Dr. Roger Warburton

Spunbond Fabric Strength

  • Objectives: Predict the tensile strength of fabrics using finite element analysis
  • Sponsor: Industrial
  • Participants: Skander Limen

Hot Sport Shoes

  • Objectives: Minimize the foot temperature increase that occurs during use of sport shoes
  • Sponsor: Industrial
  • Participants: Professor Alex Fowler

QR XML System for the Textile/Apparel e-Supply Chain

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  • Objectives: Improve interaction in the textile and apparel supply chain. Develop and test a model.
  • Sponsor: Textile Sciences Department
  • Participants: Roger Warburton, Steve Warner, Raghavendra Ramamurthy

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