Effect of Selected Fabric Construction Elements on Wicking Rates of PET Fabrics
Nassar K* and Abou-Taleb E M
Department of Spinning, Weaving and Knitting, Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, Egypt
- *Corresponding Author:
- Nassar K
Department of Spinning
Weaving and Knitting
Faculty of Applied Arts
Helwan University, Egypt
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: February 13, 2014; Accepted Date: March 11, 2014; Published Date: March 15, 2014
Citation: Nassar K, Abou-Taleb EM (2014) Effect of Selected Fabric Construction Elements on Wicking Rates of PET Fabrics. J Textile Sci Eng 4:158. doi: 10.4172/2165-8064.1000158
Copyright: © 2014 Nassar K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Apparel has an important role in keeping the body comfortable by maintaining the needed equilibrium state
between the human body and the environment by getting rid of sweat which is exerted due to the physical activity.
This happens through a multitude of mechanisms, one being the capillary action which is also known as wicking.
Wicking is defined as “A spontaneous transport of liquid driven into a porous system by capillary forces”. This paper
is concerned by studying effect of basic fabric weaves and weft densities of synthetic fabrics (PET) on vertical and
horizontal wicking rates and their relation to fabric packing factor. For this aim, 9 samples 100% PET woven samples
varying in weave type (plain 1/1-basket 2/2-twill 1/3) and three pick densities were produced, taking into account that
the other production parameters were constant.
The experiment showed that wicking rate was influenced by fabric porosity. Vertical wicking rate increases with
the increase of the porosity, while horizontal wicking rate decreases with the increase of porosity.