Our Fibre Science Research Program investigates the structure, properties and behaviours of fibres and fibrous materials for new industrial materials.
Fibre Science research aims to:
create innovative fibre and textile product solutions across a broad spectrum of Australia's needs
stimulate international demand for Australia’s natural fibres, such as our cotton products
create new commercial products based on advanced fibrous structures and materials.
In May 2010, the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced funding of $37m to support the establishment of a new collaborative research facility - the Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC).
AFFRIC will be located at Deakin University's Waurn Ponds campus and will involve a co-location of CSIRO Belmont fibre and research staff to the new site in 2012.
The joint research will focus on the development of a range of innovative and functional materials including:
- smart fibrous materials
- green natural fibres
- carbon fibre.
CSIRO is focusing current fibre research into these fields in anticipation of this collaborative move, while Deakin University is constructing a new carbon fibre research pilot plant in partnership with the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM) to further this effort.
Our fibre skills are multidisciplinary and supported by a globally recognised multi-fibre facilities in Geelong and Clayton, Victoria, Australian.
Applications of this collaborative research effort will focus on the aerospace, alternative energy, automotive and textile industries.
Fibre Science and Engineering research focuses on fibre and fibrous structures.
Our skills are multi-disciplinary and supported by globally recognised multi-fibre facilities in Geelong and Clayton, Victoria, Australia. Our capabilities are widely applicable and are already being exploited across a broad range of scientific domains.
Our capabilities include:
- fibre formation: for example, carbon nanotubes, regenerated protein fibres, electrospinning, melt extrusion
fibre manipulation: we manipulate fibres to form structures with specific architectures and properties
- fibre measurement and process modelling: includes capability in metrology and instrument design, and the modelling of fibrous structures and fibre processing
biomedical: using our knowledge of nanofibres and bio-compatible polymers to build fibrous scaffolds for the purpose of growing cell cultures to regenerate human tissues
nanomaterials: expertise in the production and manipulation of nanoscale fibres including the synthesis of carbon nanotubes, electrospinning and processing of polymer nanofibres and the extrusion of nanocomposite fibres
surface, fibre and protein chemistry: combining advanced biopolymer chemistry with expertise in fibre surface science and applying this knowledge to the textile, food futures and health domains
instrumentation: physicists and engineers with skills in the design of sensors, instruments and fibre manipulation machinery and commercial prototyping.
flexible electronics: skills in embedding electronics into flexible structures with wireless interfacing to remote computers
testing: we provide a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited facility for environmental and textile testing.
consultancy: We act as consultants in environmental sustainability for the textile industry
- materials characterisation: with specialist instrumentation including state-of-the-art scanning electron microscopy, we help improve material properties and product performance across a range of product types and operating conditions.
Download our information sheet on the Fibre Science Research Program.
Textiles as templates for tissue growth
CSIRO scientists are using textile support structures as templates for the growth of new tissues for use in maintaining, restoring or improving the function of damaged tissues and organs.
OPTI: keeping the presses rolling
CSIRO has developed the world's first objective dampening measurement system. OPTI is a laser sensor for measuring the thickness of dampening solution on offset printing plates at high speed and is suitable for many types of commercial and newspaper printing.
Researching silk genes
Scientists are researching the structure and function of insect derived silks to help determine their effectiveness in developing new biomaterials.
Rotating kayak seats
CSIRO is working with the Australian Institute of Sport to apply its expertise in sensing and engineering to redesign and optimise the rotating seats used by Australia’s elite flatwater kayak paddlers.
Rubber from resilin research paper
A team of CSIRO scientists have copied resilin, the elastic protein that facilitates flight and jumping in insects. As reported in Nature (13 October 2005), the team was the first to clone a portion of the resilin gene from fruitfly and turn it into the most resilient rubber known.