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Summer Comfort Features and Fabric Performance in Next-to-Skin Fabrics—Wear Tests With Cotton and Dacron®/Orlon® Fabrics

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F. T. Wallenberger, K. Franz, M. E. Dullaghan, W. E. J. Schrof

Textile Research Lab, E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Wilmington, Del. 19898

J. Eng. Ind 102(1), 1-6 (Feb 01, 1980) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3183822 History: Received June 02, 1978; Online July 30, 2009

Abstract

In several wear and preference tests with T- and tennis shirts, low dpf 75/25 Dacron® /Orlon® blends were significantly preferred over 100% cotton under both cool/dry and hot/humid conditions. The two major factors which correlate with overall comfort preferences are (1) the soft tactility of Dacron® /Orlon® fabrics relative to the crisp tactility of cotton-containing fabrics and (2) the fact that Dacron® /Orlon® garments transport moisture through the respective fabric structures more effectively than cotton-containing garments and that Dacron® /Orlon® garments were perceived to cling less and dry faster when wet from perspiration. A discussion of Hollies’ wear test protocols is appended.

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