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Archive of research projects

This non-exhaustive survey of finalised collective projects, financed by regional, federal and European funds illustrates the diversity of scientific and technological competences at Centexbel. All projects aim at improving the competitiveness of the textile and textile-related industry.
Some projects have resulted in interesting new materials and products, others have facilitated the development of reproductible testing methods and efficient test set-ups, and some results are now being further developed in current research projects.

All4Rest: Integrated solutions for an improved sleep quality

Aim of the project:

Development of comfort‐improved sleep systems, using non‐obtrusive technologies promoting a deeper and better recovering sleep and preventing nocturnal awakenings. The successful solutions will reduce the number of awakenings and/or the time to fall sleep after an awakening and reduce sleep onset latency (the length of time that it takes to accomplish the transition from full wakefulness to sleep).

Project website:

http://all4rest.aitex.net/

End of the project: 31/12/2012

NoTeReFiGa: Novel Temperature Regulating Fibres and Garments

Aim of the project:

Development of novel temperature regulating fibres and innovative textile products for thermal management.

End of the project: 31/12/2012

FAFEX: Inline fibre finishing at fibre extrusion

Aim of the project:

LCST principeThe objective of the FAFEX project is to integrate the finishing step in an earlier process phase, and more in particular during the yarn extrusion phase by applying an aqueous polymer solution onto the filament's surface during melt spinning.
This technique is based on the LCST principle (Lower Critical Solution Temperature). Upon temperature rise, phase separation and polymer precipitation will take place in some special water-based solutions of organic polymers, depositing, in other words, a very thin polymer layer on the filaments.

End of the project: 31/12/2012

Nature Wins: fully renewable thermoplastic bio-composites

Aim of the project:

Development of bio-composites based on long/continuous natural fibres as reinforcement and on thermoplastic biopolymers as matrix material.

End of the project: 31/12/2012

WOODY: new composite structures from cellulose fibres

Aim of the project:

The Project goal is to develop new composite structures from renewable materials, i.e. wood cellulose fibres and resins from natural raw materials, as well as the related manufacturing processes for advanced composite components.

End of the project: 31/12/2012

BioFlexCom: suitability of biopolymers in textile and packaging applications

Aim of the project:

Development of 100% bio-products by using biopolymers in textile finishing and coating. The textile materials that were treated as such are natural materials (cotton, flax...) or biopolymers (PLA…).

End of the project: 31/12/2012

CleanCloth: Antibacterial Cloth Based on Microfibre

Aim of the project:

Development of a superior cleaning cloth with constant and continuous antibacterial effect, ensuring that no bacteria is left in the cloth and making bacterial re-growth impossible, without need for special and time-consuming hygiene procedures. This will be accomplished by a unique technology with antibacterial agent integrated into the microfiber of the cloth. The advances in this technology will allow significant reduction of cross-contamination and bacterial regrowth. Infectious diseases arising in the home setting are a significant concern.

End of the project: 30/11/2012

BIOAGROTEX

Aim of the project:

Development of new high-end textile products for agricultural applications, made from 100% natural fibres and biopolymers.
Project website

End of the project: 31/10/2012

Hybritex

Aim of the project:

The use of photocurable coatings in textiles is very promising and has already proven to be an eco-friendly alternative to traditional solvent-based processes. Thanks to its low investment on return and the possibility of high production speeds it is very likely to be introduced into the textile market in the near future.
The use of the sol-gel technology in UV-curable hybrid coatings allows to apply the unique performances of sol-gel coatings in an environmentally sound way.

End of the project: 31/08/2012

Safe @ Sea

Aim of the project:

The concept behind Safe@Sea is to increase safety by implementing improved solutions for buoyancy, tear and puncture resistance, head and hand protection, emergency warning and positioning systems. This will be achieved by the integration of state of the art materials and ICT systems and the development of new high performance materials. An ergonomic design will be developed to solve the contradictory requirements of functionality, comfort and safety.
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End of the project: 31/05/2012

Carbon nanotubes II

Aim of the project:

The research project’s aim is twofold: on the one hand, the acquisition of further knowledge is needed to apply the exceptional properties of CNTs in the best way; on the other hand, there is a growing need of highly and durably conductive textiles that are easy to process.
The applications of CNTs within the scope of this project are mainly situated in the field of conductivity. The level of conductivity depends on the application method (extrusion, coating, textile finishing) and the desired end product.

End of the project: 31/05/2012

PLA: optimisation of formulation, extrusion process and subsequent processing steps

Aim of the project:

Expand the knowledge on the processability of PLA in textile processes and evaluation of polymer formulas with a favourable effect on the mechanical properties.

End of the project: 31/05/2012

Dephotex: development of flexible photovoltaic textiles

Aim of the project:

The goal of the project is to research and develop photovoltaic cells in order to get flexible photovoltaic textiles based on novel fibres, which will allow converting solar radiation into energy.

End of the project: 31/08/2011

Nano Chemical Applications for Technical Textiles

Aim of the project:

The project aims at developping a new textile finishing (coating) process for textiles that are not or rarely washed, such as carpets, curtains, mattress covers and other protective knitted textile products where the fibres are covered by superfine hydrophobic layers to simplify cleaning and to improve the soil repellent properties of polyester.

End of the project: 31/08/2011

Resisbac: resistance against the penetration of bacteria

Aim of the project:

The creation of a knowledge platform at Centexbel to evaluate textiles used in operating theatres (EN 13795) including surgical masks (EN 14683) in order to support the Belgian textile companies in the development of new products in this field and to offer them a complete service in the assessment of hospital products. The acquired knowledge will be put at the disposal of the standardisation workgroup to support them in the revision of the ISO 22610 method.

End of the project: 31/05/2011

Functionalised hotmelts for textile applications

Aim of the project:

Study of the possibilities of functionalised hotmelts to create improved or new functionalities on textiles such as FR-properties, antimicrobial properties, water/oil barrier...

End of the project: 31/10/2010

Biopolymers - BIOTEXT - II

Aim of the project:

Elaboration of processing guidelines for final applications of biopolymer products.

End of the project: 31/05/2010

Textiles & in-door air quality

Aim of the project:

Pre-standard research project to develop test methods to assess the effect of textile products on the presence of volatile components in the ambient air.

End of the project: 31/05/2010