Parallel session on Performances


Parallel sessions


Chair: Alexandra De Raeve, Hogeschool Gent

Objectives and Results of PoloTexSport project - Characteristics and Standards for Fabrics for Motor Sports
Gabriella-Alberti-Fusti-small.jpg Gabriella Alberti Fusi, Centrocot, IT
The lecture, starting from the first partial results of an in progress project – Polotexsport, explores the Italian fashion apparel textile industry, as regards both its role in the country and trends. One of the measures to develop and support the clothing sector is to re-position the offer towards aspects more technical, using materials and products with higher added value. A sector that can accept this new offer is the sportswear, both professional and amateur.
The Polotexsport project is investigating some case studies, matching characteristics and performances (natural fibres, high resistance fabrics, monitoring of physiological parameters) with some sports (i.e.: endurance sports, mountain and winter sports, golf and motorcycling).
Resilience and Wear of Artificial Turf Fibers
Stijn-Rambour-small.jpg Stijn Rambour, ERCAT, BE
Artificial turf is widely used in sport surfaces because it is more uniform, less dependent on weather conditions and can withstand higher usage than natural turf. Lack of resilience is the major problem encountered in artificial turf systems. After some time the filaments do not stand up straight anymore, resulting in an excessive ball roll distance.
The only information on this resilience behaviour, given by FIFA and EN standards, can be obtained by visually evaluating the aspect after the Lisport. Therefore two new test methods for assessing resilience and wear have been developed: Cantilever resilience and 12m-Lisport.
The experimental results show that Cantilever resilience is a good method for evaluation of polymer compounds. 12m-lisport is the test for simulating reality, because it also includes abrasion by the shoe studs of the players.
The practical benefits from these methods are quick assessment of the fibre itself and a lot of time by eliminating the need for first manufacturing a test piece. But it also creates the possibility of making short term adjustments to the production process.
The 12m Lisport makes it possible to evaluate the ball roll distance before and after different hours of usage.
The technology Revolutionizing Fibre - Celliant®
Seth-Casden-small.jpg Seth Casden, Hologenix, US
Celliant™ is a patent protected, sheath/core polyester fiber containing inorganic natural additives in the core of the fibre; the additives absorb the body’s energy emissions and then band-shift the light and reemit it at specific and controlled wavelengths.
Celliant™ fibres knit or woven into fabrics at greater than 40% content have been shown in clinical studies to increase oxygen content in muscle tissue.
Virtual Prototyping - Sport and Technical Textile Applications
Michael-Kopecky-small.jpg Michael Kopecky , Lectra, UK
The predominant challenge currently facing manufacturing companies is that of lowering costs. This is true for a broad range of industries including the aerospace, automotive, marine, and wind energy sectors. Now, a new generation of software can help companies achieve such cost savings by streamlining production processes and eliminating repetitive verification tasks, without compromising quality. These tools have a variety of potential uses and can help with the decision-making process in a number of ways.
One of Lectra’s most remarkable technological breakthroughs with DesignConcept V4 is in enabling manufacturers to define fabric property requirements ahead of prototyping. This reverses the traditional process for fabric definition as designers can specify the necessary fabric properties for the structure they want to cover, rather than having to design a structure that works with a pre-defined fabric
The presentation does highlight various examples why, where and how Deisgn Concept V4 either helps in enhancing existing production processes either does create new opportunities within both, market niches and mass production applications.
High-Tech Monofilaments to Improve Sport Achievements
Herbert-De-Breuck-small.jpg Herbert De Breuck, Luxilon, BE
Luxilon is a world leading company for high-tech monofilaments for niche markets. Besides the numerous applications of these yarns in technical textiles and medical textiles, Luxilon manufactures several yarns used in top-sport applications.
The best known products are the world-famous tennis strings. Luxilon cooperates here intensely with Wilson, nr 1 for racket sports. Due to the special compounds and extrusion technology, more than 70% of the top 100 ATP players and more than 45% of the WTA players use now Luxilon strings. This is the result of intensive R&D and QA work.
A new registered and patented yarn, Luxicool®, was recently launched on the market. This yarn has an excellent cooling and moisture management, better than the existing products on the market. The cooling and evaporation is generated by the polymeric structure. Therefore it gives a permanent cooling effect and can e.g. not be washed out. The performances are tested intensively at 2 different R&D institutes. Luxilon cooperates with 3 strategic partners to bring high-performance products to the market.
ThermoformLXN®, innovation prize winner Techtextil 2009, is another new product. The yarn is a thermo-formable material that can be shaped in whatever form required by applying heath of 65°C. Applications are numerous: composites, orthopaedics, protection in sport clothing.