Accession Number:

ADA276453

Title:

The Vertical and Horizontal Wicking of Water in Fabrics

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

DEFENCE RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT OTTAWA (ONTARIO)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Processing
  • Textiles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE