The Nonwoven Functional Materials Lab focuses on developing different nonwoven functional materials and characterizing of nonwoven materials.
- The current research projects include:
- Cotton-based nonwovens and composites
- Stretchable cotton nonwovens
- Biodegradable/Compostable Meltbown Nonwovens for Filter media and other Applications
- Investigation of the Composition, Structure and Performance Characteristics of Flushable Nonwovens
- LightWeight Ballistic Materials with Improved Performance
- Processing and Characterization of Carbon Fibers from Alternative Precursors
- R. Vempati and G. S. Bhat, “Nanophase Mn (VII) oxide (NM7O) and Nanophase Mn (III) Oxide (NM3O) Incorporated Nonwovens,” US Patent 8 163 036, Issued April 21, 2012.
- G. S. Bhat, V. Narayanan and L. C. Wadsworth, “Dimensionally Stable Polyester Films, Fibers, Yarns and Melt Blown Nonwovens,” U. S. Patent 5 753 736 (issued May 19, 1998).
- K. E. Duckett, G. S. Bhat and Hagen Suh, “Compostable/Biodegradable Nonwovens,” U. S. Patent 5 783 505 (issued July 21, 1998).
Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Fibers and Textiles and Department Head
PhD Student & Graduate Research Assistant
PhD Student & Graduate Assistant
Ongoing Research: Development of Lightweight Ballistic Materials from Spectra Fibers.
This research will investigate the effect of incorporating PUs and nano-materials such as graphene, fullerenes and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into fiber reinforced composite structures. Using these nanofillers, lighter weight high performance materials can be fabricated and evaluated for their structure and properties. It will also study on the fundamental issues that lead to improvement in performance of protective materials that will lead to an increase in their fracture energy, thus allowing significant reduction in weight required to achieve desired level of protection.