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Understanding the principles of textile comfort and insulation

understanding insulation in textilesThis half day seminar will look inside the physical principles of thermal insulation provided by textile materials whilst considering the physiological aspects of human perception of comfort.  We all feel the effects of the environment differently and this impacts our choice of clothing and bedding materials. The principles of thermal insulation however are largely constant and it is in this understanding that thermal insulation product development should be based.

This seminar  will also be an excellent event to develop your networks and see some of CSIRO’s testing and processing equipment.

Seminar outline

An overview of the science of thermal insulation, textile comfort, and the influence of heat and moisture. In particular:

  • Human physiology requirements for comfort
  • Temperature, heat flow and thermal conductivity
  • Moisture and moisture management
  • Heat and moisture flow through fibrous structures
  • Practical effects of various parameters


9:30 am     Registration
10.00 am   Seminar
12.30 pm    Lunch & networking followed by facility tour of CSIRO’s textile testing and processing equipment.

Who should attend

Designers, specifiers, buyers, suppliers, makers and sellers of bedding products, camping gear, insulation products, adventure clothing, and health and medical related textiles.

About the facilitator

Dr Ian Blanchonette’s research areas have included high performance sportswear, intelligent textiles, medical textiles, novel spinning methods, and fibre contamination. Ian is a senior research scientist and Team Leader Flexible Materials with CSIRO. He has a PhD in Physics from Monash University and over 25 years of experience in textile physics research.

Dr Tony Pierlot, is Project Leader for CSIRO’s Materials Science & Engineering’s Fibre Science & Engineering Program.

Click here to download the event flyer.

Tuesday, 28th July 2015
CSIRO, Waurn Ponds Victoria
9:30 am - 1:45 pm
registration fee