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Title: Materials design towards sport textiles with low-friction and moisture-wicking dual functions
Authors: Dong, Yuliang
Kong, Junhua
Mu, Chenzhong
Zhao, Chenyang
Thomas, Noreen L.
Lu, Xuehong
Keywords: Electrospinning
Low friction
Moisture transport
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: DONG, Y. ... et al, 2015. Materials design towards sport textiles with low-friction and moisture-wicking dual functions. Materials and Design, 88, pp. 82 - 87.
Abstract: In the field of sportswear, the structure and morphology of textiles are of great importance to achieve good moisture transport and low friction, which are two critical comfort-related properties. To improve these properties, dual-layer nanofibrous nonwoven mats were studied in this work. Core–shell nanofibers with a polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-rich core and a poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF)-rich shell were fabricated by single-spinneret electrospinning and used as the inner layer of the dual-layer mats, while thick base-treated Cellulose Acetate (CA) nanofibrous mats were used as the outer layer. The core-located PAN and a small amount of PAN on the PAN/PVDF nanofiber surface ensure good moisture transport through the nanofibrous mats. The synergistic combination of a considerably hydrophobic PAN/PVDF inner layer and a highly hydrophilic CA outer layer induces a strong push–pull effect, resulting in efficient moisture transport from the inner to the outer layer. Furthermore, the fluorine-rich PVDF shell of the inner layer touches the human skin and provides a lubricating effect to enhance comfortability. This design provides a promising route for sports textiles with both good moisture-wicking and low friction.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Materials and Design and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2015.08.107
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2015.08.107
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19028
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2015.08.107
ISSN: 0261-3069
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