Sumit Mandal

Sumit Mandal
Oklahoma State University - Stillwater | Oklahoma State · Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising

B.Sc. Tech (Textile Technology), M. Phil (Textile & Apparel Technology), PGCHE (Textile Higher Education), PhD (Textile & Apparel Science)
Teaching, Research and Service in the field of Textile and Apparel Science

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Introduction
Dr. Sumit Mandal is a Tenure Track Assistant Professor with specialization in Textile Science. Previously, he worked as a Postdoctoral Scientist in the Laboratory for Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles at Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland. Prior, he served as an Assistant Professor of Textiles in India. Dr. Mandal encourages student-centered learning and implements his knowledge on textiles for solving human problems and enhancing human lives. His current research primarily focuses on functional textiles for the protection and comfort of human beings under different normal and hazardous ambient environment. He was recognized as a ‘Killam Doctoral Scholar’ and ‘Andrew Stewart Doctoral Fellow’ in the field of Natural Science and Engineering.
Additional affiliations
June 2019 - present
Oklahoma State University - Stillwater
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
June 2016 - May 2019
Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
Position
  • PostDoc Position
January 2013 - April 2013
University of Alberta
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
January 2011 - April 2016
University of Alberta
Field of study
  • Textile & Apparel Science
September 2008 - March 2010
Nottingham Trent University
Field of study
  • Textile Higher Education
January 2006 - January 2008
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Field of study
  • Textile & Apparel Technology

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Publications (130)
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Comfortability is one of the most important parameters when it comes to sportswear (Suganthi & Senthilkumar, 2018). It depends mostly on how quickly the fabric starts to dry by transferring the sweat away from the wearer's skin to the environment (Das et al., 2011). This study aims at investigating the drying performance of different types of fabri...
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Sportswear ensures an athlete's physiological comfort by transmitting moisture away from the skin. This research seeks to investigate the drying performances of different types of sportswear knitted fabrics by using their physical properties and changing the airspeed.
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This study aims at investigating the sweat drying performance of different types of fabric used in sportswear. The drying performance of a fabric depends on both its fiber types and properties. This study has two key objectives-firstly, to analyze the drying performance of various types of fabric used in sportswear under different sweat volumes; se...
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Both the physical properties of the fabric materials used in clothing and the effective design of the clothing, primarily in terms of the air gap thickness, restrict the transmission of the thermal energy from the heat source to the firefighter's body. The air gap distribution over the body in real deployment conditions of firefighters will vary, a...
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INTRODUCTION This study aims at investigating the protective performance of textile fabrics used in firefighters’ clothing under hot water immersion with compression exposure. This study has two key objectives – firstly, to characterize the protective performance of fabrics under different hot water immersion with compression exposures; secondly, t...
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More than sixty thousand firefighters' injuries have been reported by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in U.S. in 2019. Inadequate protection of the uniform worn by the firefighters could be reason for most of the injuries. Firefighters repeatedly encounter various hazards especially thermal hazards during routine exercise, on-site f...
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This study performs an analysis of steam penetration through thermal protective fabric materials. Different multi-layered thermal protective fabrics were selected and tested in a laboratory-simulated steam exposure, and their steam protective performance (SPP) was measured in terms of time required to generate second-degree burns on wearers' bodies...
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In the last 30 years, global consumption of textile articles has increased significantly. Population increase along with the booming of fast fashion trends are facilitating the growth of global textile consumption. The current pandemic situation is raising the consumption of protective clothing. Such scenarios are diminishing the lifecycle of texti...
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More than 60,000 firefighters’ injuries were reported by the National Fire Protection Association in the U.S. in 2019. Inadequate protection by bunker gear could be a reason for most of the injuries. Firefighters repeatedly encounter thermal hazards due to their job responsibilities. Degradation could occur on bunker gear fabric during thermal expo...
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This study performs an analysis of steam penetration through thermal protective fabric materials. Different, multilayered thermal protective fabrics were selected and tested in a laboratory simulated steam exposure, and their steam protective performance (SPP) was measured in terms of the time required to generate second-degree burns on the bodies...
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This presentation discusses about the performance of fire protective
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Apparel designers can create beautiful garments which make us look taller, slimmer and radiant. However, there are also designers who focus on the function of a garment – how the garment might protect a firefighter from the hazards of their job, how protection incorporated in to a uniform helps football and ice hockey players and how coveralls can...
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Apparel designers can create beautiful garments which make us look taller, slimmer and radiant, However, there are also designers who focus on the function of a garment – how the garment might protect a firefighter from the hazards of their job, how protection incorporated in to a uniform helps football and ice hockey players and how coveralls can...
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The US Department of Labor Statistics reported 1,566 workers' death due to injuries and heat stress in the oil-and-gas drilling industry from 2008 through 2017. In particular, most of these fatalities and injuries results from inadequate protection and comfort by oilfield-workers’ clothing under various work hazards and ambient environment. Both th...
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Most of the fatalities and injuries of oilfield workers result from inadequate protection and comfort by their clothing under various work hazards and ambient environments. Both the thermal protective performance and thermo-physiological comfort performance of textile fabrics used in clothing significantly contribute to the mitigation of workers’ s...
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Introduction Across the U.S., numerous firefighters burn injuries and deaths occur every year [1]. It is evident that the majority of these burn injuries and deaths occur due to inadequate performance of firefighters’ thermal protective clothing under various thermal exposures including hot water and steam exposures. Therefore, it is necessary to p...
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Every year, numerous firefighter burn injuries and deaths occur in the U.S. Most of these burn injuries and deaths occur due to inadequate performance of firefighters' thermal protective clothing under various thermal exposures including hot water and steam exposures. Therefore, it is necessary to develop models for conveniently predicting the hot...
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In 2017, more than 60,000 firefighters and oilfield-workers injuries and fatalities occurred while they were working under various thermal hazards such as flame, radiant heat, steam, etc., or due to their significant heat stress related discomfort. The majority of these burn injuries and fatalities results from an inadequate protection and comfort...
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The heat protective performance of thermal protective fabrics is related to the multiscale structure of the fibrous material and the composite design of a multilayered fabric system. In this study, a molecular interpretation is provided to explain the structural changes within fibers to correlate with the mechanical properties of the outermost laye...
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This study aims to characterize and model the thermal protective fabrics usually used in workwear under Molotov cocktail exposure. Physical properties of the fabrics were measured; and, thermal protective performances of the fabrics were evaluated under a fire exposure generated from the laboratory-simulated Molotov cocktail. The performance was ca...
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This study aims to investigate hot water immersion with compression protective performance of textile fabrics used in firefighters’ clothing. This study has two key objectives – firstly, to characterize the protective performance of fabrics under different types of hot water immersion with compression exposures; secondly, to empirically analyze the...
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Cloth Face Coverings [Masks] provide a physical barrier that reduces the transfer of airborne droplets which cause respiratory infections. Factors that increase or decrease the level of protection include: donning and doffing the mask, a snug fit and cautious handling and care. A face covering/mask does not guarantee protection against the transmis...
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Cloth Face Coverings [Masks] provide a physical barrier that reduces the transfer of airborne droplets which cause respiratory infections. A properly fitted face covering only increase protection when it fits snuggly across the nose, along the sides of the face and under the chin. A face covering/mask does not guarantee protection against the trans...
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Cloth Face Coverings [Masks] provide a physical barrier that reduces the transfer of airborne droplets which cause respiratory infections. Recommend 3-4 fabric layers. Each layer has a unique function in providing a barrier. Exterior fabric - A tightly woven above 300 thread count or non-woven fabric. Interior fabric - absorbent interior layer such...
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Cloth Face Coverings [Masks] provide a physical barrier that reduces the transfer of airborne droplets which cause respiratory infections. A face coverings can be constructed with or without a sewing machine. Appropriate fabrics, 3-4 layers and fit increase level the level of protection. A face covering/mask does not guarantee protection against th...
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Cloth Face Coverings or Masks provide a physical barrier that reduces the transfer of airborne droplets which cause respiratory infections. Each textile or fabric layer has a unique function in providing a barrier – a tightly woven above 300 thread count or non-woven exterior fabric, absorbent interior layer and an appropriate interior filter. Just...
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Coronavirus-19 — Do It Yourself (DIY) masks may be worn to “lessen” one’s exposure to airborne droplets, but the mask does not “guarantee” protection against the transmission of any disease. Current research indicates specific fabrics, designs and construction techniques can increase the level of protection provided by DIY masks. Please understand...
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In 2017, US National Fire Protection Association reported 58,835 injuries to the on-duty firefighters. Proper performance evaluation of thermal protective clothing can minimize the risk of injuries of the firefighters. Protective performance of the clothing is extensively affected by the amount of moisture accumulated inside the fabric. Therefore,...
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This chapter discusses about the thermal characterization of fire protective fabrics. In Section 21.1, the manufacturing process and uses of fire protective fabrics are highlighted. Generally, fire protective fabrics are used as raw materials for the manufacturing of workwear for firefighters, oil and gas industry labors, defense personnel, and coo...
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Mass transfer due to perspired moisture in a clothing system is critical for the understanding of thermo-physiology and thermal protection of a clothed body. Previous studies usually investigated moisture transfer without considering the effect of liquid sweating or external heat hazards. To understand the mechanisms of sweat evaporation, accumulat...
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In order to get protection from the hazardous working environments, employees (e.g. police officers, military personnel, firefighters, healthcare staff) need to wear textile based personal protective clothing (PPC). To achieve the desired functional performance and aesthetic features, it is necessary to thoroughly understand the various aspects of...
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Perspired moisture plays a crucial role in the thermal physiology and protection of the human body wearing thermal protective clothing. Until now, the role of continuous sweating on heat transfer, when simultaneously considering internal and external heat sources, has not been well-investigated. To bridge this gap, a sweating torso manikin with 12...
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Fabric systems used in firefighters' thermal protective clothing should offer optimal thermal protective and thermo-physiological comfort performances. However, fabric systems that have very high thermal protective performance have very low thermo-physiological comfort performance. As these performances are inversely related, a categorization tool...
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Standardized test methods are available for measuring the thermal protective as well as thermo-physiological comfort Performance of fabrics used in firefighters' clothing. However, these tests are usually fabric destructive in nature, time consuming, and/or expensive to carry out on a regular basis. Hence, the availability of empirical models could...
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The investigation of thermal protective performance of fabrics is highly relevant in order to procure and further develop the firefighters' protective clothing. Therefore, this paper aims at investigating the thermal protective performance of fabrics used in firefighters' clothing under different levels of radiant-heat exposures. For this, properti...
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This book chapter discusses the evaluation of thermo-physiological comfort of regular- (e.g., formal clothing, informal clothing, casual clothing) and specialized-clothing (e.g., first-responders’ protective clothing, defense-personnel’s protective clothing, healthcare-personnel’s protective clothing). For this the importance for measuring and eval...
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In this chapter we discuss the evaluation of heat and flame protective performance of clothing regularly worn by the working personnel (e.g., firefighters, industry workers, soldiers), especially for work in hazardous fire and high-temperature environments. As the protective performance of clothing is mainly evaluated using flash fire manikins, thi...
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Journal Name: TANTU - Annual Journal of the Serampore and Berhampore College of Textile Technology Alumni Association
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This study aims to investigate the thermal protective performance of fabrics used in firefighters' clothing under high-intensity fire exposure. The performance of thermal protective fabric systems with different physical properties was evaluated under laboratory simulated fire exposure. Additionally, the influence of the configuration of the fire e...
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This chapter discusses the thermal comfort of clothing ensembles. For this, different factors that affect thermal comfort performance of clothing were examined and various methods to evaluate this performance were discussed. Thermal comfort performances of different types of clothing were critically assessed to suggest different approaches that can...
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TANTU - Annual Journal of the Serampore and Berhampore College of Textile Technology Alumni Association
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This study characterizes the thermal protective fabrics of firefighters’ clothing under the exposure of hot surface contact. For this, thermal protective performance of different fabrics was evaluated using a laboratory-simulated hot surface contact test, and various factors affecting the performance were statistically identified. Additionally, hea...