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Polymers 2018, 10(6), 681; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym10060681

Fabric Coated with Shape Memory Polyurethane and Its Properties

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Institute of Textile and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong 999077, China
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Shanghai Hiend Polyurethane, Inc., Jinshan District, Shanghai 201500, China
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Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Light Industry, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, China
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School of Textile Science and Engineering, Wuhan Textile University, Wuhan 430200, China
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Received: 25 May 2018 / Revised: 13 June 2018 / Accepted: 14 June 2018 / Published: 19 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Textile and Textile-Based Materials)
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In order to provide thermo-physiological comfort to the wearer, textile materials should have some functional property like water-resistance or water vapor transmission (WVT), so that perspiration can evaporate and be transmitted from the body surface to the environment even in extreme weather conditions that require wind and rain proof. Shape memory polyurethane (SMPU) could possibly be a candidate; it is a functional textile material that meets such requirements. In this research, we synthesized a series of SMPUs, which are responsive materials, to test whether these coated cotton fabrics could provide thermal insulation with lower permeability at low temperature or low relative humidity (RH), and high permeability at room temperature or above, or high relative humidity with its water-resistance property. In this paper, we have proposed a segmented shape memory polyurethane for coated textiles in order to have a water-resistant textile with good water vapor transmitting ability. View Full-Text
Keywords: shape memory polymer; water resistance; water vapor transmission; cotton fabric; coating shape memory polymer; water resistance; water vapor transmission; cotton fabric; coating
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Jahid, M.A.; Hu, J.; Wong, K.; Wu, Y.; Zhu, Y.; Sheng Luo, H.H.; Zhongmin, D. Fabric Coated with Shape Memory Polyurethane and Its Properties. Polymers 2018, 10, 681.

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