Fibres and Textiles Facility

The conditioned textile testing laboratory and instrument laboratory have a range of advanced equipment/facilities for testing the properties of fibres, yarns and fabrics.
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Testing capabilities

Fibre measurement


  • Fibre diameter measurement
  • 70mm glass slide, large glass slide and staple slide measurement
  • Measures mean fibre diameter, SD and curvature
  • Measures fibre diameter versus length for staple fibres
  • Can measure greasy staple fibres


  • Top length and fibre diameter measurement

Sifan II

  • Single fibre tensile testing
  • Natural and synthetic fibres
  • 15mm–150mm gauge length
  • Single angle diameter scanning along fibre length

Sifan III

  • Single fibre tensile testing
  • Natural and synthetic fibres
  • 15mm–150mm gauge length
  • Multiple angle diameter scanning along fibre length

Textechno Fibrestress

  • Single fibre bending abrasion measurement.
  • Bending abrasion measurement at 90° and 110°
  • Tensile fatigue under constant load/unload
  • 25 fibres per run
  • Variable oscillation rate (0.25–2Hz)
  • Variable oscillation distance (1–10mm)

Agilent universal testing machine (UTM) T150

  • Nanomechanical characterisation

Tristar 3000 Surface Porosity Analyser

  • Short fibre, nanoparticles and powder surface area and size measurement

Yarn measurement

Zweigle G565

  • Yarn hairiness tester

Uster tester 4SE

  • Yarn evenness tester
  • Measures fine yarns, rovings and sliver
  • Inline hairiness sensor

James Heal and Co. quadrant yarn twist tester

Mesdan lab yarn count tester

USTER Tensorapid 3

  • Yarn tensile tester


  • Twin screw extrusion
  • Single screw extrusion
  • Hills bicomponent/meltspin extrusion
  • Sigma atmospheric plasma
  • Vacuum plasma

General measurement

Instron30kN tensile tester

  • Tensile testing for fibres, yarns, fabrics and composites

Bruker VERTEX 80 FT-IR spectrometer

  • Provides high resolution spectra and PEAK spectral resolution of materials

Cary 5000 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer

  • Measures precisely transmission and specula reflection spectra

Cary 3 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer

  • Is well-suited to materials testing of both turbid liquid and solid samples

Malvern Mastersizer

  • Uses the technique of laser diffraction to measure the size of particles for emulsions, suspensions and dry powders
  • Hydro 2000S dispersion unit
  • Ultrasonic dispersion
  • Particle size from 60 nm - 1000 µm

Malvern Zetasizer

  • Measures particle and molecule size from below a nanometer to several microns for nanoparticle, colloid and protein

KSV Contact Angle and Surface Tension Meter

  • Measures water contact angle and surface energy on varied materials, i.e. textiles, polymers, paper, film and others
  • Surface contact angle versus time measurement
  • Wetting time measurement
  • Liquid surface tension measurement

DataColor reflection spectrophotometer

  • Colour measurement and matching of fibres and fabrics

Ahiba Nuance Dyeing Machine

  • Used for dyeing fibres, yarn and fabrics under controllable temperatures and heating rates

Wascator washing machine

  • A standard reference washing machine for evaluating fabric shrinkage/dimensional change

Contact us

Institute for Frontier Materials
General enquiries
+61 3 5227 3241
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Fibres and Textiles Facility
Institute for Frontier Materials
Geelong Technology Precinct
75 Pigdons Road
Waurn Ponds, Victoria 3216