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Washing Simulator Rig to Study the Effect of Abrasion on the Removal of Soils from Fabrics

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Abstract

In addition to a chemical component in the washing of fabrics, mechanical actions play an important role that have scarcely being investigated in a systematic way. For this purpose, it is developed a washing simulator rig capable to stretch, bend, and abrade fabrics in a controllable and monitored environment. Important friction parameters between cotton fabrics are determined and compared with those obtained from a commercial tribometer. Using fluorescence microscopy and fluorescent hydrophobic dyes, the washing simulator rig can monitor in situ and in real time the removal of fats from fabrics undergoing abrasion inside a water bath, even in the presence of detergents.

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This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPRSC), UK, through Grant Number EP/H035540/1.

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Mercadé-Prieto, R., Bakalis, S. Washing Simulator Rig to Study the Effect of Abrasion on the Removal of Soils from Fabrics. Tribol Lett 52, 175–183 (2013) doi:10.1007/s11249-013-0236-5

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Keywords

  • Detergents
  • Textile manufacturing
  • Friction test methods
  • Fluorescence
  • Cotton