Online Courses

Each course has its own registration. The fee is $100. The recording is available for 2 weeks from the date of registration.

Courses are grouped by theme but you can select the content you want.

Course 00 : Nonwoven Technology: On the Frontlines of a Global Pandemic
This is a series of eight 60 minute webinars presented in 2020 by The Nonwovens Institute to the industry that provided critical technical information and insight on the value and importance nonwoven technology has on products developed and used for infection prevention products (PPE). Each webinar includes an informative Q&A session.
Module Title Presenter Description Registration Link
1 The Anatomy of N95 and Surgical Masks Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi An examination of specific materials, construction, and performance of various facemasks in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Key attributes of nonwovens technology and their effect on filtration efficiency and user protection are also discussed. Register here
2 Air and Aerosol Filtration Basics Dr. Hooman Tafreshi An overview of air and aerosol filtration science and testing and discussion of the key attributes regarding nonwoven filtration media and their effect on filtration performance and user protection. Register here
3 Meltblown Fabrics and Process for PPE Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi An overview of the meltblown process and materials including a discussion of the key attributes of meltblown fabrics and the importance to facemasks and other PPE (personal protection equipment) products and applications. Register here
4 Spunbond Fabrics and Process for PPE Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi An overview of the spunbond process and materials including a discussion of the key attributes of spunbond fabrics and the importance to facemasks and other PPE (personal protection equipment) products and applications. Register here
5 Gowns Mr. Pierre Grondin An overview of nonwoven gowns and a discussion of the key material components, standards, and critical performance properties of nonwoven gowns for use in PPE applications. Register here
6 Wipes and Other Products Mr. Pierre Grondin An overview of nonwoven wipes and other infection prevention and sanitizing products with discussion of the key material components, standards, and critical performance properties of nonwoven wipes for use in infection control and sanitation applications. Register here
7 Facemasks II – N95 Testing Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi A focus on standard test protocols for N95 respirators and a discussion of procedures used by NIOSH – TEB-APR-STP-0058 and 42 CRFR Part 84. Real examples of how respirators behave during the test method is provided. Guidance on how to test flat sheets of filtration materials to estimate performance in a respirator is given. Register here
8 Facemask III – Surgical Mask Testing Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi A focus on standard test protocols for surgical masks including the relevant ASTM standards as well as FDA guidelines. These include ASTM F2299/F2299M-03 (2017), ASTM F2101-19, ASTM F1862/F1862M-17, ASTM F1494-14, ASTM F3387-19 as well as FDA Guidelines. Register here

Course 01 :  Introduction to Nonwovens
A series of five 45-60 minute lectures introducing the student to introductory information on nonwoven applications, nomenclature, performance properties, manufacturing processes, and material science.  This introductory course is designed to provide a good base of more comprehensive technical subject matter later in the series.
Module Title Presenter Description Registration Link
1 Introduction to Nonwovens – An Engineering Platform Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi A brief introduction to nonwovens technology, industry, and product applications. Register here
2 Structure of Nonwovens Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi An introduction to the basic structure of nonwovens and its influence on product properties. Register here
3 Overview of Spunbond and Meltblown Web Forming Dr. Benoit Maze A basic overview of the two major fabric forming processes converting polymer directly to fabrics. Register here
4 Overview of Staple Fiber Web Forming Mr. David Nelson A basic overview of the major fabric forming processes using staple fiber as the starting raw material. Register here
5 Overview of Bonding Processes Dr. Benoit Maze A basic overview of the major fabric bonding processes used to make nonwovens. Register here

Course 02 :  Polymer Materials for Nonwovens
A series of three – 45-60 minute lectures introducing the student to relevant material science information for beginning to understand nonwovens process technology along with product application properties and performance.
Module Title Presenter Description Registration Link
1 Polymer Primer Dr. Abhay Joijode This module covers the basics of polymer precursors that are commonly used in making nonwovens. Topics include basic definitions, history, classification, methods of making them, and implications of chain structure. Register here
2 Polymer Molecular Weight and Density Dr. Abhay Joijode This module highlights the importance of molecular weight and density of polymers and how to measure these properties. Register here
3 Polymer Thermal and Rheological Analysis Dr. Abhay Joijode This module describes the importance, measurement, and data interpretation of moisture, thermal and rheological properties relative to the extrusion of polymers in fibers and nonwoven fabrics. Register here