Dr. Tatjana Topalovic
Future Forces Forum Future Forces Exhibition 2016 Future Soldier Systems Conference (FSSC) 2016
Next Generation Protective Fabrics for Military Uniforms
The military continuoulsy requires new modifications and improvements in its uniforms that are functional, but also overcome the climatic conditions and protect against various threats and hazards (including flash fire) during their mission. In order to meet these criteria, uniforms need to integrate high-performance protective fabrics that offer excellent protection, increased breathability, and superior mechanical properties in a variety of environments. The next-generation TenCate Defender™ M protective fabrics are the result of forward-thinking research and development, rigorous testing and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, as well as an understanding of the hazards soldiers have to face in practice. These fabrics incorporate the most significant enhancements to PPE in recent years. Exceeding all expectations, they are at the forefront of industry innovation, offering exceptional levels of heat and flame protection, while guaranteeing comfort and durability.
Dr. Tatjana Topalović is Head of R&D Department at TenCate Protective Fabrics (the Netherlands) since 2009. TenCate Protective Fabrics develops and produces protective and safety fabrics for industry, services, firefighters, military and police. She is active in the NEN; CEN; and ISO technical standardisation committees responsible for the development and the revision of standards for Personal Protective Equipment. Her previous career included both academic and industrial posts at the University of Belgrade (Serbia); University of Twente (the Netherlands) and TenCate Protective Fabrics (the Netherlands). She has published a number of scientific papers in leading journals and conference proceedings. She holds BSc and MSc degrees in chemical technology from the University of Belgrade and a Ph.D. degree from University of Twente.