The Vertical and Horizontal Wicking of Water in Fabrics
DEFENCE RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT OTTAWA (ONTARIO)
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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.
- Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Processing