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Directional water transport fabrics with durable ultra-high one-way transport capacity

Zeng, Chao, Wang, Hongxia, Zhou, Hua and Lin, Tong 2016, Directional water transport fabrics with durable ultra-high one-way transport capacity, Advanced materials interfaces, vol. 3, no. 14, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1002/admi.201600036.

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Title Directional water transport fabrics with durable ultra-high one-way transport capacity
Author(s) Zeng, Chao
Wang, Hongxia
Zhou, Hua
Lin, Tong
Journal name Advanced materials interfaces
Volume number 3
Issue number 14
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-07-22
ISSN 2196-7350
Keyword(s) One-way water transport
Fabric
Textile
Transport indez
Summary Fabrics with automatic one-way water transport ability are highly desirable for applications in daily life, industry, health, and defense. However, most of the studies on one-way water transport fabrics only report the qualitative water transport results. The lack of quantitative measure makes it hard to assess the directional transport quality. Here, it is proved that a hydrophilic fabric after being electrosprayed with a thin layer of hydrophobic coating on one side shows one-way water transport ability. By using moisture management tester, the water transport property is qualitatively characterized and the effect of hydrophobic fabric layer thickness on one-way water transport feature is examined. The hydrophobic fabric layer thickness is found to play a key role in deciding the one-way transport ability. When a plain woven fabric with an overall thickness of 420 μm and average pore size of 33 μm is used as fabric substrate, a hydrophobic fabric layer thickness between 22 and 62 μm allows the treated fabric to show a one-way droplet transport feature. A one-way transport index as high as 861 can be attained. The one-way water transport is durable enough to withstand repeated washing. This novel fabric may be useful for development of “smart” textiles for various applications.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/admi.201600036
Field of Research 091205 Functional Materials
091209 Polymers and Plastics
Socio Economic Objective 860406 Synthetic Fibres
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084136

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