Treatment of polylactic acid fibre using low temperature plasma and its effects on vertical wicking and surface characteristics

A. Abdrabbo, H. M. El-Dessouky, A. F. Fotheringham

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Abstract

The improvement of wicking rate of fabric made from the biodegradable polymer (polylactic acid) by low temperature plasma was investigated using oxygen as the gas treatment. The substrate was subjected to various treatment conditions including, treatment time, power and pressure. According to the modified Washburn equation, the modifications to the wicking rate of the fabric were evaluated by studying the vertical wicking behaviour, in relation to the surface topography and chemical composition, which were examined by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-34
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Textile Institute
Volume104
Issue number1
Early online date6 Jul 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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polylactic acid
X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Plasmas
biodegradability
Biodegradable polymers
Temperature
Acids
Fibers
Surface topography
topography
Photoelectron Spectroscopy
polymers
temperature
scanning electron microscopy
X ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Gases
chemical composition
gases
Oxygen

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