Heat and Water Vapor Transport through Moisture-Treated Cotton Fabric

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2017-01-01
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An, Su Kyoung
Kundu, Shuvo
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International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings
Iowa State University Conferences and Symposia

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With increased attention to living a healthy lifestyle, people tend to allocate more time to exercise and are participating in sport and leisure activities more often. This leads to increased consumption and usage of sportswear. To satisfy the needs of the wearer, many athletic performance apparel, which keeps human skin dry and comfortable, has been developed and made commercially available. Numerous manufacturers and retailers have developed athletic performance apparel with moisture-treated fabric and promoted the products with quick moisture absorption and quick drying ability. However, no research has been performed to compare the level of moisture and heat transfer between moisture-treated fabric and non-moisture-treated fabric. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to verify if athletic apparel made from moisture-treated fabric provides the appropriate heat and water vapor transport from the body into the environment.

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