Both graduate and undergraduate students gain research and industry laboratory technician experience under the direction and supervisor of Dr. McQuerry. Testing services provided by the lab allow for undergraduate and graduate research assistants to pursue independent research projects and gain real world experience in the textile and apparel industry.
In addition to research projects, the Textile Testing Lab performs basic physical-mechanical and chemical textile testing to determine fabric structure, material performance, and product failures. Tests are conducted according to standard test method procedures developed by
ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials International), AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists), ISO (International Organization for Standardization), NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), and AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers).
Projects conducted by the lab include the development of a structural firefighter turnout suit prototype with improved safety, mobility, and comfort; a post-use durability assessment of ventilated football uniforms; and the evaluation of sports performance apparel for agricultural personal protective clothing applications. These research projects are funded by private industry partners and federal organizations.