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Fibers 2016, 4(4), 26; doi:10.3390/fib4040026

Heat Transfer in Directional Water Transport Fabrics

Institute of Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Geelong VIC 3216, Australia
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Academic Editor: Jinlian Hu
Received: 18 May 2016 / Revised: 24 August 2016 / Accepted: 1 September 2016 / Published: 14 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Textiles)
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Abstract

Directional water transport fabrics can proactively transfer moisture from the body. They show great potential in making sportswear and summer clothing. While moisture transfer has been previously reported, heat transfer in directional water transport fabrics has been little reported in research literature. In this study, a directional water transport fabric was prepared using an electrospraying technique and its heat transfer properties under dry and wet states were evaluated, and compared with untreated control fabric and the one pre-treated with NaOH. All the fabric samples showed similar heat transfer features in the dry state, and the equilibrium temperature in the dry state was higher than for the wet state. Wetting considerably enhanced the thermal conductivity of the fabrics. Our studies indicate that directional water transport treatment assists in moving water toward one side of the fabric, but has little effect on thermal transfer performance. This study may be useful for development of “smart” textiles for various applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: heat transport; directional water transport; conduction; radiation heat transport; directional water transport; conduction; radiation
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Zeng, C.; Wang, H.; Zhou, H.; Lin, T. Heat Transfer in Directional Water Transport Fabrics. Fibers 2016, 4, 26.

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