Laboratory of Smart and Functional Textiles

Head of Laboratory dr. Aušra Abraitienė
dr. Aušra AbraitienėPhone. +37037308666

Main activities of the laboratory: 

  • Manufacturing technologies of textile materials are investigated and developed in the laboratory. Using various raw materials and different manufacturing technologies, functional woven and knitted multi-purpose textile materials are developed. The scientists of the laboratory are also involved in the development of functional knitted materials with active thermoregulation and diverse functional properties – non-flammable, electrically conductive, protecting against the electromagnetic field, etc.    

  • The laboratory is active in the R&D of energy-saving and environmentally friendly nano-finishing technologies for textiles. Research projects are carried out aiming to activate the surface of the textile materials and to initiate therein chemical changes by using low-pressure non-polymer gas plasma treatment. The incorporation of micro- and nanostructures into the textiles with different fiber content and construction is applied. Textiles with (multi)functional properties (antimicrobial, reduced flammability, antistatic, resistant to surface wetting and soiling, electromagnetic shielding, etc.) are investigated using different polymer coating and lamination technologies. Scientists focus on the development of smart textiles by carrying out research on textiles with incorporated phase-changing materials, bio-ceramic additives, organic conductors and nanostructure carbon derivatives. The laboratory is also involved in the investigation of possibilities to apply combined functional properties to various textile materials. 

  • Theoretical and experimental investigations of protective clothing are carried out in this laboratory. Applying interdisciplinary research and up-to-date research methods, smart textiles and protective clothing technologies are investigated and developed. The main objects of the research are body armour and smart garments. Computational modelling of ballistic impact and heat transfer processes are developed, micro- and macro- level computational models of finite elements of textile structures are created aiming to determine the functional properties of body armour and other protective garments. The models of protective clothing are designed and their functional and ergonomic properties are investigated.      
  • New materials, worn electronics and IT components are used to create novel textiles.