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Identifying a suitable heat setting temperature to optimize the elastic performances of cotton spandex woven fabric

Shariful Islam (Department of Fabric Engineering, Bangladesh University of Textiles, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Shaikh Md. Mominul Alam (Department of Textile Machinery Design and Maintenance, Bangladesh University of Textiles, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Shilpi Akter (Department of Fabric Engineering, Bangladesh University of Textiles, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

ISSN: 1560-6074

Article publication date: 31 July 2018

Issue publication date: 22 October 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to facilitate the production of cotton spandex woven fabric with some user-friendly properties like wearer comfort, super stretch and elasticity. The findings could contribute to ease spandex production and to optimize its property of elasticity. Stretch or a super stretch property is generally desirable, as it can increase the comfort level of those who wear it. In this experiment, the difficulties which were identified while manufacturing cotton spandex woven fabric resolved after identification.

Design/methodology/approach

In this experiment, three types of cotton spandex woven fabrics, with different composition and constructions, were used to find out their elastic properties. Temperature ranging from 160°C to 200°C with the machine speed of 20 to 26 MPM (meter per minute) was applied with an adjusted industrial setting with the facilities of a stenter machine to optimize the properties of cotton spandex woven fabric.

Findings

The findings establish that the temperature treatment closely compacted the elastic portions with cotton fibers, giving stability to the spandex yarn, which as a result, influenced cotton spandex woven fabric’s elastic properties, namely, stretch, growth and recovery. The consequences of temperature on cotton spandex yarns were assessed using a microscope, and the results were subsequently analyzed.

Research limitations/implications

Because of the poor facilities in testing laboratory, only few tests with microscopic evaluation were conducted to assess the elastic performances of cotton spandex woven fabric.

Practical implications

It is a practice-based research, and the findings could be beneficial to personnel in the textile industry, who are responsible for the manufacturing of cotton spandex woven fabric.

Social implications

This research could enhance the wearer’s satisfaction, with some comfort elastic properties, which can have a positive influence over spandex clothing industries.

Originality/value

This research establishes that heat setting had a progressive influence on the production of cotton spandex woven fabric and for the optimization of its elastic performances. This research opens a possible way for scholars to further study in this field.

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Citation

Islam, S., Alam, S.M.M. and Akter, S. (2018), "Identifying a suitable heat setting temperature to optimize the elastic performances of cotton spandex woven fabric", Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 260-270. https://doi.org/10.1108/RJTA-01-2018-0002

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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