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02/01/2007

Nonwovens Research Academy 2007 – Programme and competition for student grants announced

EDANA is pleased to announce the programme and launch of its student grants for the third edition of the Nonwovens Research Academy (NRA), which will be hosted by the Centre for Technical Textiles, University of Leeds, on 29th-30th March 2007.
EDANA is pleased to announce the programme and launch of its student grants for the third edition of the Nonwovens Research Academy (NRA), which will be hosted by the Centre for Technical Textiles, University of Leeds, on 29th-30th March 2007.

The Academy, which was launched at INDEX 05, is dedicated to bringing together an interdisciplinary group of academics, students, researchers, scientists and engineers to present and disseminate pre-competitive and post-competitive research studies relevant to the growth of the nonwoven industry in the future.

The programme
The Academy programme, which covers a diverse range of subjects, features 13 papers by authoritative academics, researchers and industry experts.  The papers to be presented are:
Nonwovens Processes
  • Spunbonded nonwovens made from splittable bi-component filaments
  • Controlled delivery of liquids from hydroentangled fabrics to targeted surfaces
  • Cellulose meltblown nonwovens based on the Lyocell-process
  • Cellulosic nonwovens according to the Nanoval-process
Measurement, Characterisation and Modelling
  • Mechanical characterisation of through-air bonded nonwoven structures
  • A new method for measuring friction between nonwoven materials and skin
  • Measurement of nonwoven web uniformity using image analysis: overview and comparison
Bio-materials and Renewable Resources
  • Biomaterials, beyond buzzwords and marketing tools
  • Ecological method of manufacture of multifilament cellulose
  • Study of polylactide properties – Applications to nonwovens
Finishing Treatments and Raw Materials Development
  • PVD-Coating – a new solution for antistatic finishing of temperature resistant nonwovens
  • A safe, durable and easy-to-apply antimicrobial technology for nonwovens
  • Three generations of the lyocell type fibres
Visit to Research Facilities
The Nonwovens Research Academy will take place within the main campus of The University of Leeds, which is one of the largest in the UK.  Time has been allocated for delegates to tour some of the extensive research facilities that are available on site.

R&D Student Grant
In order to give talented students the opportunity of participating in the Nonwovens Research Academy, the special EDANA grant has been launched again for the second time.

In 2006, 11 MSc and PhD students from 8 different European universities, studying in the field of nonwovens and related areas, were awarded the R&D student grants, which cover travel, accommodation, and NRA participation fees.

Second and third cycle students, with an interest in or who are working on a thesis on an area related to nonwovens, are invited to apply for the grant, by sending a one-page CV, motivation letter and a professor’s recommendation to EDANA before 10th February 2007.

We invite you to click onto the following link to access the complete programme of the Nonwovens Research Academy, which you may wish to consider printing in your publication.

For further information/logos/photos of NRA 2006, please contact:
Catherine Lennon, Communications Director, EDANA
Telephone: +32 2 734 93 10 / Fax: +32 2 733 35 18
E-mail: Catherine.lennon@edana.org
Website: www.edana.org
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