Predicting comfort properties of knitted fabrics by assessing yarns with the Wool ComfortMeter

Naebe, M., Lutz, V., McGregor, B.A., Tester, D. and Wang, X. 2013, Predicting comfort properties of knitted fabrics by assessing yarns with the Wool ComfortMeter, Journal of the Textile Institute, vol. 104, no. 6, pp. 628-633.

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Title Predicting comfort properties of knitted fabrics by assessing yarns with the Wool ComfortMeter
Author(s) Naebe, M.
Lutz, V.
McGregor, B.A.
Tester, D.
Wang, X.
Journal name Journal of the Textile Institute
Volume number 104
Issue number 6
Start page 628
End page 633
Total pages 6
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0040-5000
1754-2340
Keyword(s) comfort properties
cover factor
fabric thickness
knitting gauge
knitting structure
next-to-skin
yarn testing
Summary This study examined the feasibility of assessing yarns with the Wool ComfortMeter (WCM) to predict the comfort properties of the corresponding single jersey-knitted fabrics. The optimum yarn arrangement to predict the comfort value of a corresponding control fabric was determined using nine wool and wool/nylon-blended yarns (mean fibre diameter range 16.5–24.9 μm) knitted into 34 different fabrics. Using a notched template, yarn winding frequencies of 1, 3, 6, 12, 25 and 50 parallel yarns were tested on the WCM. The best predictor of fabric WCM values was using 25 parallel yarns. Inclusion of knitting gauge and cover factor slightly improved predictions. This indicates that evaluation at the yarn stage would be a reliable predictor of knitted fabric comfort, and thus yarn testing would avoid the time and expense of fabric construction.
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:30055316

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