Members of the Advanced Textiles team have just presented papers at the 3rd College Research Conference and Festival for Art & Design and Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University. Ekael Mbise is researching into moisture management and the paper abstract is shown below.
Development of a Quick Dry Fabric for Outdoors Garments. Ekael Mbise, Rob Morris, Tilak Dias and William Hurley
Keywords: Hydrostatic Pressure, Moisture Removal, Protection And Comfort, Smart Fabric.
Abstract. Engineered clothing systems are one of the major textile research areas. These systems have a huge potential in providing protection and comfort to the wearer. Basically, a multi-layered fabric technique is used to which, each layer contributes a substantial moisture removal function. The process of moisture removal is hugely affected by the surrounding conditions, such as pressure, temperature and humidity. If these quantities are much higher than the inner microclimate, moisture removal process is affected due to reduced hydrostatic pressure. However, technology of heating in textile systems is hugely available but not used as a way of improving and controlling moisture removal.
The project will investigate ways of improving moisture removal by maintaining hydrostatic pressure in clothing systems through combination of localized heating systems with engineered fabric to develop a quick dry smart fabric.