Housed in the Philadelphia University Research Center (PURC), a dedicated, state-of-the-art facility conducting research in textiles and apparel, MEL is perfectly positioned to lead efforts in identifying problems and helping to ensure the safety of textiles and apparel.
Also housed in PURC is the Laboratory for Engineering Human Protection (LEHP), which carries out systematic research on comfort, protection and performance of fabrics, including psychological factors and parameters, perceived user-confidence data and factors, and research in textile and garment engineering and materials science. Currently, LEHP is conducting research centered on the development of more sophisticated and effective protectivegarment systems by utilizing the Walking, Sweating Manikin.
MEL’s capabilities include testing for potentially toxic chemicals (notably in textiles and apparel manufactured overseas); and, given the out-of-country manufacturing challenges to the textile and apparel industries, MEL offers a full array of apparel performance testing, including Kawabata Testing, which is available for product quality, assurance and product integrity-compliance challenges.
To contact the Materials Evaluation Laboratory at Philadelphia University, call 215.951.5947 or email LoftusT@PhilaU.edu.