Relationship between wearer prickle response with fibre and garment properties and Wool ComfortMeter assessment

McGregor, Bruce A., Naebe, Maryam, Stanton, John, Speijers, Jane, Beilby, John, Peruzzini, Sara and Tester, David 2013, Relationship between wearer prickle response with fibre and garment properties and Wool ComfortMeter assessment, Journal of the textile institute, vol. 104, no. 6, pp. 618-627.

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Title Relationship between wearer prickle response with fibre and garment properties and Wool ComfortMeter assessment
Author(s) McGregor, Bruce A.
Naebe, Maryam
Stanton, John
Speijers, Jane
Beilby, John
Peruzzini, Sara
Tester, David
Journal name Journal of the textile institute
Volume number 104
Issue number 6
Start page 618
End page 627
Total pages 10
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0040-5000
1754-2340
Keyword(s) comfort
fabric design
fibre diameter
knitting structure
next-to-skin comfort
yarn properties
Summary The prickle evoked by 48 knitted fabrics was assessed by wearers under a defined evaluation protocol. The relationship between the average wearer prickle score and known properties of constituent fibre, yarns and fabrics and fabric evaluation using the Wool ComfortMeter (WCM) was determined using linear modelling. After log transformation, the best model accounted for 87.7% of the variance. The major share of variation could be attributed to differences between mean fibre diameter (MFD) and WCM values. Low prickle scores were linearly associated with lower MFD, lower WCM and lower yarn linear density. There was an indication that yarn twist affected prickle scores and that fabrics composed of cotton evoked less prickle. Measures of fibre diameter distribution or coarse fibre incidence and other fabric properties were not significant. The analysis indicates that wool garments can be constructed to keep wearer assessed prickle to barely detectable levels and textile designers can manipulate a range of parameters to achieve similar wearer comfort responses.
Language eng
Field of Research 091012 Textile Technology
Socio Economic Objective 860403 Natural Fibres, Yarns and Fabrics
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055307

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