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Optimization of plasma treatment variables to improve the hydrophilicity of polylinen® fabrics

Optimization of plasma treatment variables to improve the hydrophilicity of polylinen® fabrics Polylinen® fabrics are obtained as a result of modification in the physical structure of polyester yarns to replicate the linen fabric. The scanning electron microscope analysis and Fourier transform infrared results reveal that the plasma treated fabric surface is effectively modified to enhance the wettability of the fabrics. In the present study, response surface methodology was employed to investigate the effects of different plasma treatment variables on the wetting behavior of polylinen fabrics. Box–Behnken design was used for the optimization of plasma treatment process and to evaluate the effects and interactions of the process variables, i.e. treatment time, power, and distance between the electrodes on the wettability of polylinen fabrics. The optimum conditions for maximum wicking height (4.3 cm) and spreading rate (86 s) of polylinen fabrics were established at 75 s treatment time, 460 watt power, and 2.5 cm distance between the electrodes. The plasma treated polylinen fabrics showed much better wettability in terms of wicking and spreading rate compared to untreated fabrics, which confirms that the modified structure of polylinen fabric and the plasma treatment influences the wettability of fabrics. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Textile Institute Taylor & Francis

Optimization of plasma treatment variables to improve the hydrophilicity of polylinen® fabrics

Journal of the Textile Institute , Volume 104 (5): 13 – May 1, 2013
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright The Textile Institute
ISSN
1754-2340
eISSN
0040-5000
DOI
10.1080/00405000.2012.743647
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Abstract

Polylinen® fabrics are obtained as a result of modification in the physical structure of polyester yarns to replicate the linen fabric. The scanning electron microscope analysis and Fourier transform infrared results reveal that the plasma treated fabric surface is effectively modified to enhance the wettability of the fabrics. In the present study, response surface methodology was employed to investigate the effects of different plasma treatment variables on the wetting behavior of polylinen fabrics. Box–Behnken design was used for the optimization of plasma treatment process and to evaluate the effects and interactions of the process variables, i.e. treatment time, power, and distance between the electrodes on the wettability of polylinen fabrics. The optimum conditions for maximum wicking height (4.3 cm) and spreading rate (86 s) of polylinen fabrics were established at 75 s treatment time, 460 watt power, and 2.5 cm distance between the electrodes. The plasma treated polylinen fabrics showed much better wettability in terms of wicking and spreading rate compared to untreated fabrics, which confirms that the modified structure of polylinen fabric and the plasma treatment influences the wettability of fabrics.

Journal

Journal of the Textile InstituteTaylor & Francis

Published: May 1, 2013

Keywords: polylinen fabric; wicking; spreading rate; Box–Behnken design; response surface methodology

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