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Research in Clothing and Textile Sciences seeks to:

  • Evaluate and understand human body/textile/environment interactions
  • Focus on medical/injury prevention
  • Study fibres, yarns, fabrics and the artefacts made from them
  • Develop critical understandings and creative applications to address present and future needs
  • Use engineering analysis in a holistic way


Research themes are as follows:

  • Characterisation of selected fibres, fabrics, leather and clothing, and the effect of these on properties and performance (Professor RM Laing, Associate Professor CA Wilson)
  • Development of medical and sensing textiles which function effectively in contact with the human body and during repeated use (Professor RM Laing, Associate Professor CA Wilson)
  • Effects of clothing and textiles on human performance; preventing and/or minimising severity of injury (Professor RM Laing, Associate Professor CA Wilson)
  • Engineering analysis including finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics (Associate Professor S Wakes)

Further information about research, research facilities and consultancy undertaken by staff is available elsewhere on this site