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Effect of surface treatment and knit structure on comfort properties of wool fabrics

Naebe, M., Lutz, V., McGregor, B.A., Tester, D. and Wang, X. 2013, Effect of surface treatment and knit structure on comfort properties of wool fabrics, Journal of the Textile Institute, vol. 104, no. 6, pp. 600-605, doi: 10.1080/00405000.2012.752125.

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Title Effect of surface treatment and knit structure on comfort properties of wool fabrics
Author(s) Naebe, M.ORCID iD for Naebe, M.
Lutz, V.
McGregor, B.A.ORCID iD for McGregor, B.A.
Tester, D.
Wang, X.
Journal name Journal of the Textile Institute
Volume number 104
Issue number 6
Start page 600
End page 605
Total pages 6
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0040-5000
Keyword(s) next-to-skin comfort
pique and single jersey
plasma treatment
silicone polymer
surface modification
Summary The comfort properties of the pique and single jersey knitted wool fabrics were investigated using the Wool ComfortMeter (WCM). The fabrics were knitted in three cover factors and treated with either plasma or a silicone softening agent and were compared with untreated fabrics. Plasma treatment did not show significant effects on the comfort value. However, silicone polymer significantly reduced WCM values suggesting that the silicone coating reduced the number of protruding fibres on the fabric surface. Regardless of treatment used, pique fabrics showed a lower WCM value, and therefore were perceived to be more comfortable than the single jersey structure. While the effect of cover factor was not significant, in fitted model to predict the WCM value of fabrics, mass/unit area and fabric thickness were significant predictors along with fabric structure and finishing treatment.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00405000.2012.752125
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
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