Thermal Comfort Analysis of the Fused Liner
An, Su Kyoung
Ko, Seung Bong
Thai handwoven fabrics are not woven as tightly as machine-produced woven fabrics, resulting in fraying during construction process. Local tailors iron fusible polyester lining onto the back of handwoven fabric before cutting to make it stiffer and easier to cut and sew. This study investigated thermal comfort values of a fusible liner in a hot climate. Two different 100% handwoven cotton fabrics were selected as the surface fabrics and tested in three different conditions; 1) cotton surface only (CO), 2) cotton surface with 100% polyester fusible liner (COFL) and 3) cotton surface with 100% polyester regular non-fusible liner (CONFL). ANOVA test was employed. Rct values show that COFL produces better dry thermal resistance than other fabric combinations. Ret values show is no significant difference among three fabric conditions. In conclusion, COFL transfers heat well from body to outside and produces better thermal comfort for the wearers. Further findings are discussed.