Durability of vapor-permeable waterproof textile materials used in sailing protective apparel

Troynikov, O, Nawaz, N and Watson, C 2018, 'Durability of vapor-permeable waterproof textile materials used in sailing protective apparel', Textile Research Journal, vol. 88, no. 24, pp. 2825-2840.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Durability of vapor-permeable waterproof textile materials used in sailing protective apparel
Author(s) Troynikov, O
Nawaz, N
Watson, C
Year 2018
Journal name Textile Research Journal
Volume number 88
Issue number 24
Start page 2825
End page 2840
Total pages 16
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract Vapor-permeable waterproof textiles (VPWTs) are used in sailing apparel to protect wearers from weather and water exposure. They must also withstand knocks and abrasion. Failure of fabric waterproofing results in water intrusion, reduced thermal protection and potentially hypothermia. There are no standard methods for testing the waterproof durability of fabrics in these conditions. To evaluate waterproofing durability, we simulated high levels of wear on leading commercially available VPWT assemblies through mechanical treatment in wet conditions. To compare fabrics on multiple performance characteristics, we developed a Total Durability Penalty index associated with leaks and ruptures, weighted by failure pressure. The experiment revealed significant differences in VPWT deterioration under mechanical treatment. We determined that the mass per unit area and thickness of VPWT fabrics are positively correlated with pressure at leakage; that rupture is significantly and negatively associated with the mass per unit area and thickness of the inner and outer layers of fabric; and leakage pressure is positively correlated with the same parameters. These results show that it is important to consider wear conditions when assessing the long-term performance attributes of protective clothing assemblies.
Subject Textile Technology
Functional Materials
Keyword(s) Vapor-permeable waterproof textiles
Sailing apparel
Waterproof durability
Testing
Toughness
Materials performance
DOI - identifier 10.1177/0040517517732079
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2017
ISSN 0040-5175
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 1 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus Article
Altmetric details:
Access Statistics: 18 Abstract Views  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Thu, 31 Jan 2019, 11:26:00 EST by Catalyst Administrator
© 2014 RMIT Research Repository • Powered by Fez SoftwareContact us