Development of a Durable Press Summer Uniform
ARMY NATICK LABS MA CLOTHING AND PERSONAL LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT LAB
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The report describes the development of a suitable candidate durable press fabric for the summer Army uniform. Many commercial fabrics were examined and analyzed before the selection of a prototype fabric was made. The preferred candidate is a 7.0 ozsq yd 21 RH twill composed of a blend of 5050 polyestercotton treated with a durable press, soil release finish. This fabric was dyed with a special all-vat dye formulation to a tan shade using a continuous thermofixation-pad-steam system. The reactant used to impart durable press properties was dimethyloldihydroxy ethylene urea DMDHEU and the soil release agent was a fluorochemical. The post-cure method of obtaining durable press properties was selected.
- Metallurgy and Metallography