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Waterproof and Water Repellent Textiles and Clothing


Waterproof and Water Repellent Textilesprovides systematic coverage of the key types of finishes and high performance materials, from conventional wax and silicone, through controversial but widely used fluoropolymers, to advanced techniques such as atmospheric plasma deposition and sol-gel technology. The rapid innovation in this field is driven partly by performance demands in the sport and military sectors (among others). However, another innovation driver is the regulatory framework in the USA, Europe and globally, addressing both health concerns (e.g. with PFOS / PFOA) and environmental impacts (e.g. C8 fluorocarbon finishes). Both of these aspects are fully covered, along with the replacement materials / technologies currently available and under development.

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Part I: Principles of waterproofing and water repellency in textiles
1. Introduction to waterproof and water repellent textiles
2. Development of waterproof breathable coatings and laminates
3. Soil repellency and stain resistance (Hydrophobic and oleophobic treatments)
4. Toxicology and environmental issues, (PFOA and PFOS)
5. Biomimetic design (pine cones, lotus leaf etc)

Part II: Types of water repellent textile finishes
6. C8 fluoropolymers as water repellent finishes (development of C8 coatings)
7. other fluorocarbons for repellency (development of C6 coatings)
8. Wax-based water repellents
9. Silicone-based water repellents
10. Hydrophobic dendrimers for water repellency
11. Graphene
12. Plasma-based treatments of textiles for water repellency (low-pressure, atmospheric and dielectric barrier discharge methods)
13. Sol-gel-based treatments of textiles for water repellency
14. Superhydrophobicity
15. Multifunctional water repellent textile finishes (antimicrobial, stain repellence, flame retardance) View more >

Key Features
  • Introduces innovative materials and technologies, and explores their current and potential use across different sectors – helping design engineers and apparel designers to select the right materials, and optimize performance
  • Provides expert guidance on the health and environmental aspects of key waterproof materials and coatings, and the associated regulations worldwide
  • Demystifies testing processes and design principles

Producers of waterproof and water repellent textiles and chemical agents; academics / researchers in textile finishing; undergraduate and graduate students in textile engineering

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