Study on polyester fabric using polyvinyl alcohol in alkaline medium to enhance the hydrophilic character

S. PITCHAI, JEYAKODI MOSES J, SWARNA NATARAJAN

Abstract


Polyester (PET) fabric was treated with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) in alkaline medium. The moisture regain, water retention and wickability of the PVA treated polyester fabric were tested. The presence of PVA in the treated PET fabric was assessed by spot test. The treated fabric was also characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The PVA treated polyester fabric showed improved hydrophilic character over intact and sodium hydroxide treated PET fabrics.


Keywords


Hydrophilic character; polyester fabric; PVA; SEM; wicking

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