Effect of fibre, yarn and knitted fabric attributes associated with wool comfort properties

McGregor, B.A. and Naebe, M 2013, Effect of fibre, yarn and knitted fabric attributes associated with wool comfort properties, Journal of the Textile Institute, vol. 104, no. 6, pp. 606-617.

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Title Effect of fibre, yarn and knitted fabric attributes associated with wool comfort properties
Author(s) McGregor, B.A.
Naebe, M
Journal name Journal of the Textile Institute
Volume number 104
Issue number 6
Start page 606
End page 617
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0040-5000
1754-2340
Keyword(s) superfine merino wool
cashmere
low-crimp/high-crimp wool
next-to-skin comfort
knitting structure
low-stress mechanical properties
Summary In this replicated experiment, we investigated the comfort properties of single jersey fabrics composed of cashmere in blends with superfine wools of different fibre curvature (crimp) where the fibre diameter of the wool and cashmere were tightly controlled. The 81 fabrics were evaluated using the Wool ComfortMeter (WCM) which has been calibrated using wearer trials of wool knitwear. General linear modelling determined the best prediction models for log10 transformed fabric WCM values using 27 fibre, 16 yarn and 30 fabric attributes. Tighter fabrics were less comfortable. Progressively blending cashmere with wool progressively increased comfort assessment. The WCM was able to detect differences between fabrics which were more supple and springy, thinner and lighter, and were composed of more elastic, uniform and stronger yarns. Together these attributes explained 82% of the variance in WCM value.
Language eng
Field of Research 091012 Textile Technology
Socio Economic Objective 860403 Natural Fibres, Yarns and Fabrics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055306

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