The relationship between polymer elastic properties and the ability to impart improved wrinkle recovery to cotton fabric

Henry R Rawls, E. Klein, Sidney L. Vail

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Abstract

The wrinkle recovery of polymer‐coated cotton printcloth was generally found to correlate qualitatively with the elastic behavior of the polymer film. Of the several tensile parameters that can describe elasticity, immediate strain and work recoveries and stress decay were found to be the most sensitive indicators of the polymers' performance on the fabric. Delayed recovery, ultimate elongation, and permanent set were found to be important but were less sensitive parameters; while tensile strength and initial modulus appeared to be unrelated. A model is described whereby the polymer provides additional recovery forces when properly coupled to the fabric. High values of stress decay and permanent set diminish the effectiveness of these forces, while high values of immediate, work, and delayed recovery indicate that large portions of the distorting forces are available for recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-349
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1971
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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