impulse | 1/2013 | page 5 Well insulated instead of left in the cold Textile finishing shields from entire infrared spectrum for the first time A current research project (AiF For this, textiles are to be finished no. 17565 N) aims to develop a with a suitable coating: The plan textile finish for cold protection for achieving clothing which will be the first to best possible shield from the entire spectrum protection against ‘With regard to thermophysiological properties, of infrared radiation. The aim is g e t t i n g c o l d we want to optimise the finish to ensure best to substantially improve the cold is to apply an possible wear comfort.’ protection of personal protective absorbent layer to equipment (PPE). the lining fabric which is worn close to the body and a reflective ‘We want to develop a layer to the outer fabric which is finish that modifies the worn away from the body. radiation characteristics It is essential to the researchers of textiles to either that the new textile-finishing should absorb or reflect long not only cover a broad range of wave IR radiation applications but should also feature good comfort properties during reaching the textile.’ wearing and that it can be adopted for industrial production with little effort and reasonable costs. To counteract the hazard of heat accumulation, for example, the project examines and evaluates heat and moisture management of At temperatures of up to -49 °C, cold protection clothing is mandatory in cold storage. New coatings for textiles are meant to also absorb T h e s t u d y the functionalised textiles using the body's long wave infrared radiation for the first time. examines the basic the Hohenstein Skin Model and the possibilities of such thermal manikin ‘Charlie‘. commercially available products. The smaller the particle size of project will be available to interested a textile finish with regard to To make production of this type These will be finished with specifically the materials used, the larger the manufacturers from autumn 2014. health and safety. The main of clothing viable on a large scale selected inorganic functional component of long wave infrared focus is on reflective properties and with minor modifications, the materials using conventional coating absorption. The aim is to achieve Stefan Gierling at warmer temperatures and scientists want to select suitable methods. Preference is to be given the desired result by combining email@example.com absorbent properties at colder textile substrates such as polyester to nanoscale metal oxides such as different materials and particle sizes. temperatures. and cotton, taking into account aluminium, iron or zinc oxide. It is expected that the results of the www.hohenstein.de/pr-458-EN Texolotl raises funds for a good cause Employees donate to the children's project KisEl Before Christmas, Hohenstein children aged 5 - 10. The Hohenstein employees raised 500 EUR for the employees were able to obtain the texOlOtl addicted parents). The starting point to KisEl. Around 50 employees took wOrld tOurbooks by making a small donation children’s project KisEl (children of for the fund raising campaign was the opportunity to buy one of the The mascot tells of its the visit of the OEKO-TEX® mascot books by award-winning illustrator adventures ‘Texolotl‘ at the headquarters in Franziska Harvey. The books are Schloss Hohenstein. not available in book shops. In a The OEKO-TEX® mascot ‘Texolotl’ Texolotl had brought high-quality child-friendly manner, they explain uses its own internet blog to books as souvenirs from his visit and how the production path of textiles report on its travel adventures. as informative Christmas presents for spans the globe, how important After Germany, Austria and independent tests for harmful Switzerland, Texolotl has also substances are and how they are visited the OEKO TEX® institutes carried out, e.g. at the laboratories in Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, of the Hohenstein Institute. A good Belgium and the UK. reason for institute director Prof. Dr. Here are some of the highlights Stefan Mecheels to generously round from the ‘Texolotl World Tour‘– up the donated amount. more can be found at: Rose-Marie Riedl www.oeko-tex.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org texolotl-world-tour Martin Strecker, managing director of the social welfare organisation Kreisdiakonieverband www.oeko-tex.com/texolotl- Ludwigsburg, gratefully accepted a cheque for 500 EUR. Rose-Marie Riedl presented the world-tour donation on behalf of the employees of the Hohenstein Institute on 23 April 2013.
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