Today there is a big interest in how to use sound absorbing qualities in textile materials to create a better indoor sound climate. By using textiles, the sound absorption in the room can be adjusted to different situations and more flexible solutions are developed.
The research focus on material development of a textile material whose structure change from flat to 3D when it is exposed to acoustic tests. A dynamic textile. The research also focuses on how the human being experiences the acoustic environment and how this can be measured and evaluated qualitative and quantitative, modeling of material and absorption mechanisms as well as within room acoustic and sound experience, method development for characterizing of material and products both qualitative and quantitative. A Doctoral study within the area will begin within the frames of Smart Textiles, with a focus on creating better environments with help of sound absorbing textiles.
There is a huge interest in using textile material for environmental, durable purpose, for protection of products and systems from an aggressive environment (affected by climate, mechanical load such as vibrations, etc.). A current appliance is to integrate or coat building element with "smart" textiles, which brings different types of functionality, such as rejecting dirt. This kind of research is planned within STTL.