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

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posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Bruce McGregor, Maryam NaebeMaryam Naebe, J Stanton, J Speijers, J Beilby, S Peruzzini, D Tester
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.

History

Journal

Journal of the textile institute

Volume

104

Issue

6

Pagination

618 - 627

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0040-5000

eISSN

1754-2340

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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