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15th TANDEC Nonwovens Conference

April 18-20, 2006
UT Conference Center, The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

The University of Tennessee and TANDEC have announced that the TANDEC Nonwovens Conference is moving from late Fall to April for future years, at the urging of its participants and also to avoid the hurricane aftermaths of recent experience. In 2006, the 15th TANDEC Nonwovens Conference will be held April 18-20 at the UT Conference Center, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Attendees will include representatives from academia, government labs and corporate management, research and development, analytical and quality control, sales and marketing, and plant production, for roll goods producers and their suppliers. Advances in machinery and equipment are a major focus. In addition, end users of nonwoven products participate to encourage continual improvement and innovation in the nonwoven community. To continue to make this a meaningful conference, quality papers including poster presentations are solicited in (but not limited to) the following areas and interested authors are encouraged to contact organizing committee members for possible topics.

New Nonwoven Applications
New Developments in Spunbonding and Melt Blowing
Advances in Forming Process Technologies Nonwovens from Synthetic Staple and Natural Fibers
Thermal bonding, Needlepunching and Hydroentangling
Polymers for Fibers
Bicomponent Fibers
Elastic Polymers and Nonwovens
High Temperature Processing
Biobased Materials in Nonwovens
Nonwovens in Apparel
Medical/Barrier Fabrics and Homeland Security Protective Fabrics
Laminates and Composites
Wipes, Absorbents
Binders and Adhesives
Finishing and Surface Modification
Fundamental Research and Testing


Selection of the papers to be presented will be based on abstracts of 200-400 words. Authors should emphasize new and significant findings. Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts for the poster session. Abstracts must be received by December 9, 2005 at the following address:

2006 TANDEC Nonwovens Conference
ATTN: Drs. Billie Collier and Bill Haile, Conference Co-Chairs
The University of Tennessee
Textiles & Nonwovens Development Center
1321 White Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996-1950
Phone: (865)974-6298 Fax: (865)974-3580 E-mail: bcollier@utk.edu

The abstract must include the name, affiliation, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address and mailing address of each author. Speakers for technical papers and presenters for posters should be underlined and will receive a complimentary conference registration.

Authors will be notified of acceptance of their abstracts on or before January 6, 2005. Authors of accepted papers are required to provide a full manuscript by March 1, 2006 for publication in the Conference Proceedings. Authors should have secured any necessary clearance for all abstracts, papers and other materials submitted.

Conference Organizing Committee:
Bill Haile (consultant, retired - Eastman Chemical Company), Billie Collier (Associate Vice Chancellor, UT), C. Y. Cheng (consultant, retired - ExxonMobil), Allan Stahl (Manager, TANDEC), Gajanan Bhat (Professor & Associate Director, TANDEC). Advisors - Larry Wadsworth (Engineering Professor, UT), Joe Spruiell (Engineering Professor, UT)

For Sponsorship Opportunities at the 15th TANDEC Nonwovens Conference, please contact Dr. Allan Stahl at TANDEC or visit us on-line at: http://tancon.utk.edu/sponsorship.htm.