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Nonwoven Fabric Property Development and Characterization Short Course

June 4, 2024 - June 7, 2024

The Nonwoven Fabric Property Development and Characterization Short Course provides attendees a fundamental understanding of polymer properties, fiber properties, fabric properties and product-specific properties, with a product exemplar to show how each of these properties influence success in a real-world scenario. This course is designed to be accessible and valuable to both those who are new to the field and/or come from a non-technical background, as well as seasoned nonwovens professionals.

Upon completing the course, attendees will have an in-depth understanding of how the most important nonwoven fabric properties are achieved and how they are measured. This course will consider properties such as tensile, basis weight, compressibility, softness, fiber orientation, distribution and diameter, moisture and vapor transmission, and flammability, just to name a few. Attendees will also benefit from hands-on learning with experiments in The Nonwovens Institute’s state-of-the-art fabrication and testing labs.

Featured Topics Include:

  • Testing and Quality Management System
  • Certification Process (ISO 9001, ISO 17025, etc.)
  • Structural Attributes and Characterization Methods
  • Mechanical Properties
  • Haptics – Measurement of “Hand”
  • Flammability and Thermal Evaluation
  • Scanning Electron Microscope Applications
  • Image Analysis for Nonwovens
  • Lab Tours and Practical Demonstrations

Expert Instructors:

  • Amy Minton, Analytical Lab Manager, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) at NC State University
  • Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., Professor and Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) at NC State University
  • Benoit Maze, Ph.D.,  Director of Education and Administration, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) at NC State University
  • Jining Xie Ph.D., Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Account Manager, Nanoscience Instruments, Inc.

Who Should Attend?

  • Business and Product Development
  • Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Quality Control
  • Research and Development
  • Technical Sales and Marketing

Registration for this course has not yet opened. Course agenda and presenters subject to change. For questions and/or to reserve a spot for this course, email

June 4, 2024
12:00-1:00 PMNetworking Lunch
1:00-1:45 PMIntroductions and Course Overview
1:45-2:15 PMIntroduction to Testing and Quality Management Systems (QMS)
2:15-2:30 PMCoffee Break
2:30-3:15 PMStructural Attributes of Nonwovens and Their Characterization
3:15-3:30 PMCoffee Break
3:30-4:10 PMStructural Uniformity
4:10-4:30 PMEffect of Structure On Behavior
4:30-5:30 PMMechanical Properties: Tensile, Compression & Recovery
6:00-8:00 PMNetworking Reception
June 5, 2024
8:30-9:00 AMNetworking Breakfast
9:00-9:45 AMTear and Bursting
9:45-10:30 AMFuzz and Linting
10:30-10:45 AMCoffee Break
10:45 AM-12:00 PMHaptics -- Measurement of "Hand"
12:00-1:00 PMNetworking Lunch
1:00-1:30 PMFlammability and Thermal Evaluation
1:30-2:00 PMPore Size and Pore Volume Distribution
2:00-3:00 PMBlood Borne Pathogen
3:00-3:15 PMCoffee Break
3:15-5:00 PMMechanical Properties and Characterization Laboratory Tour and Practical Demonstrations
June 6, 2024
8:30-9:00 AMNetworking Breakfast
9:00-10:15 AMMicroscopic Analysis - Overview
10:15-10:30 AMCoffee Break
10:30-11:15 AMNWI Pilot Facility Tour
11:15 AM-12:00 PMScanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Its Applications in Nonwovens
12:00-1:00 PMNetworking Lunch
1:00-2:00 PMSEM Lab
2:00-3:00 PMImage Analysis for Nonwovens
3:00-3:15 PMCoffee Break
3:15-4:15 PMAir and Aerosol Filtration
4:15-5:00 PMLiquid Filtration
June 7, 2024
8:30-9:00 AMNetworking Breakfast
9:00-10:00 AMAbsorbency
10:00-10:15 AMCoffee Break
10:15-11:00 AMMoisture Vapor Transmission Rate (MVTR)
11:00 AM-12:00 PMWiping Efficiency - DWE Methods
12:00-1:00 PMNetworking Lunch/Course Adjourns

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June 4, 2024
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