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TIEHH Develops Materials Friction Software

Friction-evaluation software developed by researchers at The Institute for Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, now is available to the materials industry. Frictional forces affect the surface smoothness of a fabric, which TIEHH notes is softer and of higher quality when these forces are smaller.

"The software will be of immense use to fiber, fabric, nonwoven, polymer, leather and related industries," said Seshadri S. Ramkumar, Ph.D., research associate, adding that it enables user-friendly, automatic friction-factor calculation of viscoelastic materials. It is compatible with Windows®-based operating systems, and stores and retrieves results using Microsoft Access.

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