The relationship between molecular parameters and polymer distribution and the ability of a polymer to improve the resilience of cotton fabrics

Henry R Rawls, J. A. Alost, E. Klein, Sidney L. Vail

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Abstract

Elastic properties are found to be critical parameters for polymers which improve the wrinkle resistance of cotton fabric. Those molecular factors which results in optimum recovery of a polymer film from distortion (i.e., stretching) are shown to be directly related to the ability to improve fabric wrinkle recovery. Further, those molecular factors which inhibit the tendency of a polymer to form ordered structures allow the inherent flexibility of the polymer to be utilized in storing energy of distortion. This energy is then available, if the polymer is properly distributed on the fabric, to help overcome the fabric's frictional resistance to recovery. The most advantageous distribution of polymer is one in which interfiber and interyarn elastic bridges are formed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1187-1196
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1973
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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