Tuesday, 2/26/2019, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Personal Protection in Hazardous Environments with Textiles

Occupational and environmental hazards are a constant threat to those in active and demanding roles where often times clothing and textiles are the primary means of personal protection. When it comes to the development and the end use of protective and safety textiles, many variables come into consideration such as new materials, innovation, research, and evaluation. This session will cover topics that are applicable to the product development, performance, and evaluation of these specialty textiles and the importance of protecting the wearer.
Subject to change without notice
  • Moderator: Burlington Distinguished Professor & Director, Center for Research on Textile Protection & Comfort (TPACC), North Carolina State University

    Roger L. Barker is a Professor in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science at North Carolina State University and Director of TPACC.  He is internationally recognized for his work in the field of thermal protective clothing and comfort and heat stress in clothing systems. Barker has published many technical papers on the subject of the effects of intense heat exposures on fabric materials including exposures to flash fire, molten metal, hot surface contact and radiant energy. He was Chairman of the 1984 ASTM International Symposium on the Performance of Protective Clothing. He is an active participant in several committees of the National Fire Protection Association, which are involved in the development of standards for the performance of protective clothing. Barker holds B. S. and M. S. Degrees in physics from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D., in Textile and Polymer Science from Clemson University.

  • Speaker: Design Innovation Research, LION
  • Speaker: Assistant Professor, TPACC and TECS, North Carolina State University
  • Speaker: Ph.D., Research Chemical Engineer, Chemical Sciences & Engineering Team, RDNS-SES-MC, US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center (NSRDEC)