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Hechmi Hamouda

Teaching Professor

Textiles Complex 3310


Hechmi Hamouda is a Professor, Textile Engineering Program Directorand a Registered Professional Engineer with the state of North Carolina. He obtained his Ph.D., in Mechanical Engineering, from State University of New York at Buffalo in September 1985. He earned a Diplomed`Ingenieur Principal (M.S. & B.S.), in Mechanical Engineering, from the Ecole Nationale d`Ingenieurs de Tunis; Tunisia in July 1981.He joined the Wilson College of Textiles after a Postdoctoral Research fellowship with the US Department of Energy. He was employed as a Graphics Programmer Analyst with the SUNYt Buffalo and as a Base Head with an Oil Drilling Company.


My scholarly interests ranged initially from the formation of fibrous and composite structures to their assessment and testing that has been supported by funds from federal agencies and industry for several years. My research activities later expanded to industrial waste reduction, prevention and elimination that led to international collaborations and were funded by Milliken & Company, NSF, EPA and USAID. At the same time and in collaboration with the Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC), my research work resulted in the development of a novel thermal sensing device (Pyrocal) and its associated heat transfer evaluation software that transformed an archaic DuPont’s burn assessment manikin (ThermoMan®) into a state of the art fully instrumented, life-sized manikin capable of evaluating the performance of thermal protective clothing (PyroMan). This research has continued with various funding from NIST, DuPont, NTC and NSF. The Pyrocal sensor and its related computational models for heat flux and burn assessments are extending into new applications in other fields such as the assessment of fast transient thermal energy release systems and associated airbags thermal injuries.

Other research tracks are related to reducing the environmental impact of the industry footprint: Eenergy and raw material reduction in textile processing; Use of sustainable material and products.

Ideally, I would like to combine my research efforts in bio-fibers, protective materials, environment and geotextiles nonwovens into a broader research program that would help resolve few of the global scientific and technological challenges facing us.


NW 507/407 – NonWovens Characterization Methods
BME 467 – Mechanics of Tissues and Requirements for Implants
TMS 212 – Yarn, Fabric Formation and Properties
TE 403 – Mechanics of Fibrous Structures


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering State University of New York at Buffalo 1985

Diplome d’Ingénieur Principal M.S. Mechanical Engineering Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tunis 1981

Diplome d’Ingénieur Principal B.S. Mechanical Engineering Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tunis 1979

Baccalauriat Sciences & Technology Lycée Technique de Mahdia 1975

Area(s) of Expertise

Protective Textiles


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Date: 07/29/19 - 8/31/20
Amount: $75,854.00
Funding Agencies: US Army - Soldier Systems Center (Natick)

Strategy is to create fibers that mimic down and convert them into a web that can be used to form garments

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