Moisture transfer properties of bifacial fabrics

Zhu, Licheng, Naebe, Maryam, Blanchonette, Ian and Wang, Xungai 2017, Moisture transfer properties of bifacial fabrics, Textile research journal, vol. 87, no. 9, pp. 10961-1106, doi: 10.1177/0040517516648510.

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Title Moisture transfer properties of bifacial fabrics
Author(s) Zhu, Licheng
Naebe, MaryamORCID iD for Naebe, Maryam
Blanchonette, Ian
Wang, XungaiORCID iD for Wang, Xungai
Journal name Textile research journal
Volume number 87
Issue number 9
Start page 10961
End page 1106
Total pages 11
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 0040-5175
Keyword(s) bifacial fabric
fabric structure
woven fabric
knitted fabric
moisture transfer properties
Summary Many biological plants have bifacial leaves with an adaxial surface and an abaxial surface. These two surfaces can often have different morphologies and properties, and they serve different functions in plant growth. This has inspired us to develop novel bifacial fabrics, with a knitted structure on one face and a woven structure on the other. Bifacial fabrics were produced on a purpose-built machine, using wool, acrylic and polyester yarns, with the woven structure being plain weave, and the knitted structure being single jersey. In this study, the moisture properties of these fabrics were compared with conventional woven and knitted fabrics. The water contact angles of the bifacial fabrics were similar to knitted and woven fabrics, but the absorption time on the woven fabric was much higher than the other fabrics. Liquid moisture transfer properties on both faces of the bifacial fabrics were different, with water spreading and absorption on the woven face being quicker than on the knitted face. These unique properties of bifacial fabrics show that these fabrics could be used as moisture management fabrics, without the need for any additional treatments.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0040517516648510
Field of Research 091205 Functional Materials
0910 Manufacturing Engineering
0912 Materials Engineering
Socio Economic Objective 860401 Clothing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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