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Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials


Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation

The Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) is a national program aimed at improving productivity gain, wool and meat quality and genetic improvement.

IFM staff are leading the CRC work in evaluating a simple, cost-effective way to measure and guarantee next-to-skin comfort for knitted wool garments using the new Wool Comfort Meter. IFM staff completed experimental work to finalise the instrument's operational test method. An evaluation of the direction of testing for knitted fabric and to identify the sensitivity to humidity and temperature have been completed. ITRI staff have confirmed the suitability of using the Wool Comfort Meter to evaluate yarns prior to knitting. Two major studies of wool yarns and wool cashmere blend yarns have shown the excellent correlation between yarn test results and fabric results.

IFM staff also investigated a key impediment to the development of markets for Australian Merino wool in trans-seasonal knitwear products in relation to obtaining the same level of whiteness in wool as found in competitor products. In particular new methods to obtain photo-stable wool were evaluated.

IFM researchers

ResearcherPosition in the Sheep CRC
Dr. Bruce McGregor Senior Research Fellow and Leader in Program 2.1 Comfort Properties of Wool Knitwear
Dr. Maryam Naebe Research Fellow
Professor Xungai Wang

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27th February 2015