A Survey of 18-Ounce Blended Serge Fabrics: Wear Resistance
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QUARTERMASTER RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMMAND NATICK MA
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The wear resistance of 13 experimental blended serge fabrics was evaluated on the Wool Fabric Course of the Quartermaster Field Evaluation Agency at Fort Lee, Virginia, and, by means of the Stoll Flex Abrader and a new Sand Abrader, at the Quartermaster Research and Engineering Laboratory in Natick, Massachusetts. The evaluation indicates that wear resistance is influenced by blend composition and the energy-absorbing ability of the component fibers. The results of the sand abrasion tests were found to be similar to those produced on the wool course and sugg st that the sand abrader may be useful in indicating wool course results. The theory behind some of the mechanisms that may influence the wear of textile fabrics is included in order to point out additional approaches to the problem of wear.