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Investigation of the Water Vapour Transfer Properties of Textile Laminates for Footwear Linings

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  • Gulbiniene Ada
    Department of Clothing and Polymer Products Technology, Faculty of Design and Technologies, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Jankauskaite Virginija (j/w)
  • Kondratas Alvydas
    International Studies Centre, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania

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Textile laminates with breathable membranes are used extensively in waterproof clothing items such as jackets, footwear and gloves. The polymer membranes act as a barrier to liquid water and soil entry from the environment, but they are sufficiently permeable to water vapour to allow significant amounts of sweat to evaporate through the clothing system and greatly affect the comfort of the wearer. In this paper the influence of the multifold water vapour resorption/desorption process on the hygienic properties of textile footwear lining laminates is presented. The water vapour resorption/desorption process was carried out by the repeating of three-cycle water vapour absorption and drying. It was shown that the water vapour absorption behaviour of textile laminates can be classified as Fickian. The equilibrium of water uptake increases with an increase in the resorption/desorption process. The resorption/desorption process influences not only the absorption parameters of laminates, but also changes the character of sorption kinetics – it influences the water uptake and drying times of laminate. It was determined that the moisture transport properties textile lining laminates are history-dependent.

Tags: textile lining laminates, breathable membrane, water vapour permeability, absorption, desorption.

Citation: Gulbiniene A., Jankauskaite V., Kondratas A.; Investigation of the Water Vapour Transfer Properties of Textile Laminates for Footwear Linings. FIBRES & TEXTILES in Eastern Europe 2011, Vol. 19, No. 3 (86) pp. 78-81.

Published in issue no 3 (86) / 2011, pages 78–81.


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