THE VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL WICKING OF WATER IN FABRICS

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Authors
  1. Crow, R.M.
  2. Dewar, M.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
This paper attempts to clarify the term "wicking" which is the movement of water in the capillaries of a fabric. It differentiates between "regain', the amount of water vapour a fabric absorbs from the air and the amount of liquid water a fabric holds. The hydrophilic or water loving and the hydrophobic, or water-hating properties of fibres are discussed in relation to their regain. Finally, the drying times of a wide range of fabrics are discussed in terms of the initial amount of water in the fabric, the regain and fibre type.
Keywords
Wicking;Regain;Hydrophobic properties;Hydrophilic properties
Report Number
DREO-1180 —
Date of publication
01 Jul 1993
Number of Pages
19
DSTKIM No
94-01462
CANDIS No
139269
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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