Textiles are engineered materials composed of fibers. Derived from many sources, fibers are the building blocks for yarns, fabrics, and final products designed for an enormous variety of end uses. Examples range from clothing to artificial arteries and roofing structures. Textiles are often combined with other materials to make composites and combination products, enabling and extending their use in products designed for a variety of markets: protective, recreational, architectural, flooring, geotechnical, industrial, energy, aerospace, automotive, marine, agricultural, packaging, decorative, biomedical, and healthcare.
From Jacquard looms and the industrial revolution to nanomaterial finishes, biomedical and E-textiles, the textile industry has always been at the forefront of technological innovation and adoption. The challenges associated with such technology-driven efforts require access to a broad array of technical expertise.
Exponent is uniquely qualified to assist clients with textile and textile-based products because of our multidisciplinary staff with expertise in textile, chemical, environmental, electrical, mechanical, and materials engineering; fiber and textile science; and health sciences.
Our portfolio of technical services includes:
- Independent third party product design support
- Material selection, yarn and fabric design
- Manufacturing support
- Product and performance review and assessment
- Durability, appearance, protection, wicking, breathability, mechanics
- Failure analysis
- Regulatory support
- Labeling compliance
- Intellectual property support
- Litigation support
- Sustainability assessments
- Test development, validation, and product assessment when existing standard tests do not capture the important characteristics of a given product.
Exponent’s clients benefit from the broad range of disciplines with which we are able to populate our consulting teams. We routinely solve technical problems that often prove too complex for other consultants. In textiles, our scientists and engineers have extensive knowledge and experience with fibers and yarns, nonwoven, woven, knit and braided fabrics, dyes and finishes, fiber- and textile-reinforced composites, as well as foams, films, coatings, adhesives, and other components that are often combined with fibers into useful products. Exponent’s staff has experience with absorbent consumer and personal care products, carpets and synthetic turf, industrial fabrics and technical textiles, food casings, geosynthetics and fabric structures, performance sportswear, wound care materials, filtration products, mesh for soft tissue repair, safety harnesses, and protective apparel against fire and arc flash explosions.
Exponent staff also assist clients in expanding the function of traditional textiles through advances in wearable technologies, electronic textiles, and smart fabrics that require portable power. We help clients implement advanced batteries as the portable power solution for wearable devices and address the challenge of effectively and safely integrating energetic components, and the potential for associated failure modes, with a device that will be worn on the human body. Our consultants have also devised tests to characterize the mid-infrared and far-infared (FIR) emissive properties of textiles and have worked on various methods of modifying these properties.
Exponent approaches this challenge from a practical standpoint and a system-level perspective, drawing on our depth of expertise in battery system assessments and risk analyses. Our multidisciplinary consulting teams, with expertise in batteries, textiles, adhesives, and an assortment of other technologies can address issues spanning the entire product lifecycle by leveraging unparalleled practical experience in the field.
Exponent scientists and engineers have assisted clients in examining the efficacy of substituting biorenewable resources into textile and adhesive supply chains. Such substitutions are being driven by improved economics, performance, and environmental factors. Our knowledge of structure-property-processing relationships, broad experience with test methods, life-cycle assessments (LCA), and life-cycle cost (LCC) analysis, and expertise in formulation chemistry allows us to assist clients who are considering such substitutions in their product lines.
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