The course will outline underlying physical and engineering principles that are used in engineering and manufacturing of fibers and textiles. These include fundamentals of polymer science, mechanical, thermal, and moisture transport engineering of fibrous media, visual color science and engineering, and friction and wear of polymer and composite fibrous materials. The students will practice analyzing how the material and structure of woven, knitted, and nonwoven textiles translates into their strength, stretchability, abrasion resistance, visible color and reflectance, passive cooling or heating, and anti-microbial and self-cleaning properties.
Students will study and analyze real-life examples including different commercial and specialty textiles and will learn to use the life cycle assessment analysis to identify and prioritize the materials, processes, and designs that have the greatest potential for the reduction the environmental impact of the textile and garment production. They will also study examples of textile/garment-related patent applications and will practice drafting applications for their design ideas.
Spring 2021 Update: Fully Remote Class.