THE EFFECT OF FIBRE AND FABRIC PROPERTIES ON FABRIC DRYING TIMES

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Authors
  1. Crow, R.M.
  2. Osczevski, R.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine how fibre and fabric properties affect the drying times of a wide range of textile materials. The drying times of a wide range of fabrics made from various fibres were measured. The drying time of a comparable amount of water from a flat surface was compared to these results. It was concluded that the amount of water freely held by a fabric is independent of fibre content and thus regain. The main fabric property which does determine the amount of water a fabric freely picks up is thickness. Further, the time that it takes a fabric to dry is directly related to the amount of water which is in the fabric initially, the more water it holds initially, the longer it takes to dry. Finally, water evaporates more rapidly from a fabric than from a water drop of equivalent volume. This is because a fabric has a greater surface area from which the water can evaporate.
Keywords
FABRIC PROPERTIES
Report Number
DREO-1182 —
Date of publication
01 Aug 1993
Number of Pages
18
DSTKIM No
94-02926
CANDIS No
139268
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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