DEVELOPMENT OF HEAT SEALABLE COATED FABRICS.
ARMY WEAPONS COMMAND ROCK ISLAND ILL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING DIV
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A study was conducted wherein 28 varieties of commercially available coated fabrics, 3 substrates one glass cloth and two varieties of nylon, 8 tie-coatings and 13 polymer coatings were investigated for the purpose of obtaining an improved coated fabric. As a result of these development and evaluation studies, it was found that a dimethyl sulfoxide treatment on an open mesh nylon substrate which was then coated with ethyleneethyl acrylate produces an acceptable heat sealable all weather coated fabric. The dimethyl sulfoxide pretreated substrate showed an improvement of 20 F in low temperature flexibility over an untreated substrate. Author