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Department of Textiles Physical – Chemical Testing

Head of department dr. Vitalija Rubežienė
dr. Vitalija Rubežienėphone +370 37308661

The department carry out physical and chemical testing of textile materials, developing new  testing methods for evaluation of functional properties of innovative textiles. The researchers of department participate in scientific investigations related to development of electrically conductive textile fabrics, smart textiles, materials with enhanced thermoregulatory properties.

Department is accredited according LST EN ISO/IEC 17025 for physical and chemical testing of textile materials. Accreditation certificate No. LA.01.048.
 
Department also is acting as a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – protective clothing, conformity assessment institution, accredited according LST EN ISO/IEC 17065, and is the Notified body which has identification number 1401 assigned by the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry (European Commission). Accreditation certificate No.LA.011-03Scope of accreditation.

Services
 

Contacts: phone +370 37 308 661, texlab@ftmc.lt

equipment

Non-contacting electrostatic field measuring instrument
ICM-1 (STFI, Germany) for measuring the rate of dissipation of electrostatic charge of garment materials, i.e. the charge decay.

   

Apparatus for measurement of surface resistivity: Ohmmeter Tera-Ohm-meter 3206, cylindrical electrodes (Eltex, Germany); climatic chamber JCI 191(John Chubb Instrumentation, England).

 

 

3D electric-magnetic field meter ESM-100 (Maschek Electronic, Germany) for evaluating the shielding properties of textile materials at the frequency range 2kHz – 400 kHz.

 

 

 
Apparatus for measurement of thermal and water-vapour resistance under steady-state conditions - M259 Sweating Guarded Hot Plate (SDL International Ltd., England).

   
Apparatus VPW –X11-2005 (Versaperm limited, UK) for measurement of water vapour permeability of textiles.


   
Thermovisor Therma CamTM (Flir Systems, Sweden). The device is used to investigate the thermoregulatory properties of textile materials and garments, to evaluate concealing features of camouflage materials in the thermal spectral range.

   

Moisture management tester M290 MMT (SDL-ATLAS, USA). An instrument is used to measure the dynamic liquid transport properties of knitted and woven fabrics in three dimensions.

 
   

FAP-1034-LP (F-Razier precision instrument CO.INC, JAV). Instrument for determination of permeability of fabrics to air.

   

Hydrostatic pressure tester - Shirley M018 (SDL International Ltd., UK) for determination of resistance to water penetration.

 
   

Universal tensile testing machine  Micro 350/10AX (SDL, England). The device is used to measure tensile strength and elongation of fabrics and yarns, to determine tear properties of fabrics. 

 
   

Test apparatus for determination of the abrasion resistance and propensity to surface fuzzing and to pilling of fabrics - Nu-Martindale 404 and Nu-Martindale 406 („James H. Heal & Co“ Ltd., Halifax, England)

 
   

Device for determination of fabrics resistance to damage by flexing - Crumpleflex tester M262 (SDL International Ltd., England).

 
   

Automatic washing machine WASCATOR FOM71MP – Lab, type A1 (“Electrolux”, Sweden). The devise is used for the hydrothermal pretreatment of textile fabrics or garment before various physical tests (investigation of tensile strength, determination parameters of burning behaviour) and for determination of dimensional change in washing. 

 
   

Optical microscope OLYMPUS CH 30 with digital camera CAMEDIA C-2000 ZOOM (Olympus Optical Co. Ltd, Japan). The microscope is used for microscopical analysis of textile fibres (identification of fibres, measurement of fibre diameter).

 
   

UV spectrofotometer Cecil 9020 (Cecil instruments Ltd., England).
The device is used for determination of harmful chemical materials which could be in textiles.

 
   

Spectrofotometer - Microflash MF45 (Datacolor International, Switzerland -LP Frazier precision instrument CO.INC, USA). The devise is used for surface colour measurements in the visible spectral range and to measure reflactance factor in the IR range (from 700 nm to 1100 nm).

 
   

Spectrofotometer Spectraflash SF450 (Datacolor International, Šveicarija). The devise is used for surface colour measurements in the visible spectral range.

 
   

Equipment for thermal analysis – differential scanning calorimeter - Q10 (TA Instruments , USA). Apparatus is used for identification of textile fibres and plastics, for determination of the heat storage and release capacity of textiles containing phase change materials (PCM).

 
   

Xenon arc fading lamp tester - Megasol V2.01 („James H. Heal & Co” Ltd., Halifax, England), for determination of colour fastness to artificial light. 

 
   

Device - Scourotester FE-09/A (Komputekst, Hungary),  for determination of colour fastness to various impacts (to laundering, to dry cleaning, to different solvents).

 
   

Testing device for determining the colour fastness to wet and dry rubbing - Stainingtester FD-17/A (Komputekst, Hungary).

 
   

Apparatus for investigation of burning behaviour - Rhoburn 480/03/1090 („James H. Heal & Co” Ltd., Halifax, England). Test apparatus is used for the measurement of limited flame spread properties, for determination of ease of ignition and other burning behaviour properties of vertically oriented textile fabrics, when subjected to a small defined flame. 

 
Most important publications
  1. Rubežienė, Vitalija; Baltušnikaitė-Guzaitienė, Julija; Abraitienė, Aušra; Sankauskaitė, Audronė; Ragulis, Paulius; Santos, Gilda; Pimenta, Juana. Development and investigation of PEDOT:PSS composition coated fabrics intended for microwave shielding and absorption. Polymers. ISSN 2073-4360. 2021, vol. 13, iss. 8, art. no. 1191, p. 1-21.
  2. Skurkytė-Papievienė, Virginija; Abraitienė, Aušra; Sankauskaitė, Audronė; Rubežienė, Vitalija; Baltušnikaitė-Guzaitienė, Julija. Enhancement of the thermal performance of the paraffin-based microcapsules intended for textile applications. Polymers. ISSN 2073-4360. 2021, vol. 13, iss. 8, art. no. 1120, p. 1-16.
  3. Varnaitė-Žuravliova, Sandra; Savest, Natalja; Baltušnikaitė-Guzaitienė, Julija; Abraitienė, Aušra; Krumme, Andres. Electrospinning of chitosan biopolymer and polyethylene oxide blends. AUTEX research journal. ISSN 1470-9589. 2020, vol. 20, iss. 4, p. 426-440.
  4. Sankauskaitė, Audronė; Rubežienė, Vitalija; Kubilienė, Diana; Abraitienė, Aušra; Baltušnikaitė-Guzaitienė, Julija; Dubinskaitė, Kristina. Investigation of thermal behavior of 3D PET knits with different bioceramic additives. Polymers.  ISSN 2073-4360. 2020, vol. 12, iss. 6, art. no. 1319, p. 1-12.
  5. Barauskas, Rimantas; Sankauskaite, Audrone; Rubeziene, Vitalija; Gadeikyte, Ausra; Skurkyte-Papieviene, Virginija; Abraitiene, Ausra. Investigation of thermal properties of spacer fabrics with phase changing material by finite element model and experiment. Textile Research Journal. ISSN 0040-5175. 2020, vol. 90, iss. 15-16, p. 1837-1850.
  6. Stygienė, Laimutė; Varnaitė-Žuravliova, Sandra; Abraitienė, Aušra; Krauledas, Sigitas; Baltušnikaitė-Guzaitienė, Julija; Padleckienė, Ingrida. Investigation of thermoregulation properties of various ceramic-containing knitted fabric structures. Journal of industrial textiles. ISSN 1528-0837.  2020, vol. 50, iss. 5, p. 716-739.
  7. Varnaitė-Žuravliova, Sandra; Savest, Natalja; Baltušnikaitė-Guzaitienė, Julija; Abraitienė, Aušra; Krumme, Andres. Electrospinning of chitosan biopolymer and polyethylene oxide blends. AUTEX research journal.  ISSN 1470-9589. 2020, vol. 20, iss. 4, p. 426-440.
  8. Varnaitė-Žuravliova, S., Sankauskaitė, A., Stygienė, L., Krauledas, S., Bekampienė, P., & Milčienė, I. (2016). The investigation of barrier and comfort properties of multifunctional coated conductive knitted fabrics. Journal of Industrial Textiles, 45(4), 585-610.
  9. Vitalija Rubežienė, Aušra Abraitienė, Julija Baltušnikaitė-Guzaitienė, Sandra Varnaitė-Žuravliova, Audronė Sankauskaitė, Žilvinas Andrius Kancleris, Paulius Ragulis, Gediminas Šlekas. The influence of distribution and deposit of conductive coating on shielding effectiveness of textiles. Journal of the Textile institute. ISSN 0040-5000. 2018, vol. 109, iss. 3, p. 358-367.