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A Research on Polyamide6.6/Polyurethane Blends in Finishing Process Which Are Used for Sportswear

By Meliha Oktav Bulut and Ayşen Cire

Submitted: January 13th 2021Reviewed: August 6th 2021Published: September 3rd 2021

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.99820

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Abstract

In this work, softeners obtained from various companies were applied to the polyamide6.6/polyurethane fabrics which are used in sportswear industry using impregnation and exhaustion methods; water vapor permeability were determined for humidity control, air permeability and capillarity tests of these fabrics were studied. In addition, the wool hydrolysate obtained from the waste wool was also applied to these fabrics by using exhaustion method and the fabric properties were compared. In order to investigate the washing resistance of the process, experiments were performed with 1% and 3% potassium aluminum sulfate KAl(SO₄)2 and aluminum sulfate Al2(SO4) under the same conditions. The chemical and morphological surface properties of the fabrics were examined by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It was observed that the capillarity, water vapor and air permeability, and handle values of fabrics treated with wool hydrolysate were better and more resistant to consecutive washings than the fabrics treated with commercial recipes. Furthermore, this process did not have a side effect on the color difference and whiteness values of the fabrics treated with wool hydrolysate. Thus, an example of sustainable, economical and environmental study was done.

Keywords

  • polyamide6.6/polyurethane
  • capillarity
  • wool hydrolysate
  • water vapor permeability
  • handle
  • sustainable
  • sportswear industry

1. Introduction

Sports activities have become a hobby and lifestyle for many people, since the importance of healthy life is known and the quality of life has increased. In addition, sports activities have become a necessity for today’s people who want to get away from excessive work and overwhelming business of urban life. For this reason, the interest in sportswear has also increased. Not only professional athletes but also individuals who do sports are accustomed to wearing sportswear making the clothing a functional necessity.

Sportswear is regarded as an area open to development, high potential and high added value in the textile industry. The global sports apparel market grew up to 181 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, and compared with the previous year, it has increased more than seven billion U.S. dollars. It is estimated that it will continue to grow and reach approximately 208 billion U.S. dollars in 2025 [1, 2]. With the development of technical textiles, it is possible to have comfort during the highly intense sports activity and under different climate conditions. Knowing the humidity (water vapor permeability) and air permeability values of the clothing are two most important parameters in the measurement of comfort parameters as well as touching. Therefore, the measurement of how humid is a textile material is of great importance as well. For such measurement of humidity not only traditional testing methods but also recently developed sensors with different techniques – such as inkjet printing, carbon nanotubes, coating technology, stamp transfer, electrospinning and dip coating-can be used [3, 4]. Humidity control is widely carried out in many sectors dominating the daily life, such as agriculture, chemistry, food, health, pharmacy and automation.

The hydrophilicity of natural fibers such as cotton provides superiority during sports activities. Since drying duration is too long, it reduces comfort and may cause various complications and discomforts [5, 6]. Otherwise, the traditional filaments such as polyester and polyamide are hydrophobic and are prone to dry rapidly and give a feeling of dryness. Synthetic yarn or blended yarn are used to increase the comfort property of the fabric [7, 8]. The water vapor and air permeability values of the garment depend on fiber, yarn species [9, 10, 11], surface structure [10, 11, 12], and finishing treatment [13, 14, 15, 16]. A special finishing process is performed to increase hydrophilicity values of the fabric with synthetic fibers such as polyamide and polyester. Textile chemistry manufacturers produce different hydrophilicity enhancers and textile dyehouses use these products. Although these chemicals are suitable for eco-textile and environmental standards, they are produced with chemical materials and processes. Hence, they may give harm to the nature and the user during production and consumption. They are also expensive and have some drawbacks such as staining and yellowing/color change problems [16]. In this regard, the attempts for sustainable and clean production continue.

Raw wool, which is not efficient for textile production, is an important source for biopolymer. Recycling of this easily accessible protein source and the production of keratin are important sources for biocirculation and biocompatible material production. It has been used in cosmetics, recycable composites, transportation, medical membranes, agriculture and coating industry in recent years. The wool obtained from sheep breed in Turkey is generally suitable for being used in products such as the blankets, rugs and carpet [17]. The gradual decrease in the carpet sector in Turkey has reduced the use of this wool and the material has only been waiting in warehouses [18]. The active wool can cause global warming due to methane gas which can be soluble in nature. As a result, the utilization/recovery of the wool waiting in the warehouse [19] has great importance, both in terms of obtaining materials which have superior properties and low cost, optimum utilization of resources and environmental protection [20]. The obtaining methods of keratin are reduction, oxidation, alkali and enzymatic hydrolysis [21, 22, 23]. Alkali, oxidation and reducing chemicals used break into disulfide and peptide bonds which are the basic structure of wool at high temperature and time, and wool solution is obtained. Studies using wool hydrolysate have been done to obtain fiber and nanofiber and to increase the performance of dyeing and starch material in textile industry.

The aim of this study is to obtain the hydrolysate from wool fibers, which were left in the carpet industry but now waiting in the warehouse as waste with the decrease in production, and the hydrolysate obtained was used instead of commercial finishing bath of the polyamide6.6/polyurethane fabrics which are used in sportswear industry in Turkey. Capillarity, water vapor and air permeability and handle and yellowing/color change values of the fabrics treated with wool hydrolysate were compared with the ones which were treated with commercial products [24]. Thus, a new production method has been introduced for the finishing of polyamide6.6/polyurethane blend, which are widely used in the market.

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2. Experimental section

2.1 Fabrics

The fabrics made of 80/20 polyamide 6.6/polyurethane blend were used. The weights of both fabrics were 170 g/m2 (150 den PA 6.6/30 den PU) and 190 g/m2 (100 den PA6.6/30 den PU) and ready to dye. Fabric thicknesses were 0.48 mm and 0.66 mm respectively. The fabrics were knitted on a double comb bar (laying-in) Rachel warp knitting machine. While first laying-in bar (Gb1) were knitting the tuh pattern 1–0/2–3//with full draft, in the second bar (Gb2), tricot pattern 1–2/1–0//was being knitted with full draft.

2.2 Auxiliaries

  • Arristan HPC T (hydrophility enhancer agent, polyester copolymer, non-ionic, CHT) [25].

  • Tubingal SHE (Hydrophile silicone softener, functional polisiloxane, mild cationic, CHT/Bezama) [26].

  • Hydroperm LPU liq c (Hidrophility enhancer agent, thermoreactive polyurethane resin, non-ionic, Archroma) [27].

  • Siligen SIH liq (Hydrophile silicone softener, modified silicone, Archroma) [28].

  • Potassium aluminum sulfate (KAl(SO₄)₂, Sigma-Aldrich)

  • Aluminum sulfate (Al₂(SO₄) Merck)

  • The hydrolysate wool solution: The solution was obtained by alkali hydrolysis by using wool fibers which have 28 micron fineness and 40–60 mm length [21]. Average particle size was detected 211.91 millimicron with Mastersize 2000 in Merlab/ODTU.

2.3 Methods

Recipe for impregnation method

  • 50 g/lt Arristan HPC T or Hydroperm LPU liq

  • 20 g/lt Tubingal SHE or Siligen SIH, pH 5–5.5 (CH₃COOH),

  • The fabric was padded with impregnated liquid and then they were squeezed at pick up 70% and were dried in Mathis CH-8156, 110°C for 3 min.

Recipe for exhaustion method

  • % 3.5 Arristan HPC T or Hydroperm LPU liq

  • %1.4 Tubingal SHE or Siligen SIH liq, pH value: 5–5.5 (CH₃COOH) at liquid ratio of 10:1 in Ataç Lab-Dye HT 10 for 30 min, at 40°C.

Samples were treated by using both impregnation and exhaustion methods in the same conditions in which only wool solution was used instead of chemicals. In order to ensure the washing resistance of the process, additions of 1% and 3% KAl(SO₄)₂ and Al₂(SO4) were worked under the same conditions.

Dye uptake experiments were carried out in an Atac LAB-DYE HT machine at liquor ratio of 10: 1 as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1.

Dyeing graph.

Recipe 1

  • 0.12% Nylosan Red N-2RBL (CI Acid Red 336)

  • 0.14% Nylosan Blue N-BLN (CI Acid Blue 350)

  • 0.55% Optilan Golden Yelow MF-RL (CI Acid Orange 67)

pH value: 5–5.5 (CH₃COOH).

Recipe 2

  • 0.17% Nylosan Red N-2RBL (CI Acid Red 336)

  • 0.006% Nylosan Blue N-BLN (CI Acid Blue 350)

  • 0.50% Optilan Golden Yelow MF-RL (CI Acid Orange 67)

pH value: 5–5.5 (CH₃COOH).

After dyeing, the samples were bathed at 50°C for 10 minutes with a non-ionic detergent (Fluidol W 100, Pulcra Chemicals) and rinsed with cold water.

2.4 Measurements and characterizations

All the physical measurements following the process were carried out after conditioning the fabrics for 24 hours under the standard atmosphere conditions (20°C ± 2) temperature, % 65 ± 2). The capillarity of the fabrics was evaluated with the capillarity test method according to DIN 53924, water vapor permeability was measured according to ASTM E96-B and air permeability of the fabrics was measured by the Textest FX 3300 model Air Permeability Tester according to ASTM D737–04.

The laundry was done by using a front-loading Wascator machine (Electrolux FOM) with 2.0 kg loads consisting of processed samples and 100% PES ballast fabrics. All the washing cycles were performed according to BS EN ISO 26330 Standard (5A program). This laundering process was repeated 5 times in accordance with supplier’s recommendation (Archroma and CHT). The samples were dried with dry flat in laboratory condition for 24 hours. The chemical and morphological surface properties of the fabrics were examined by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The samples were determined in terms of surface smoothness with XPS K-Alpha Surface Analysis with monochromatic Al Kα irradiation. The relative amounts of various bound atoms were determined through C1s, O 1 s, N1s, Si2p, Ca2p, S2p. Working condition is shown in Table 1.

Parameter
Total acquisition time3 mins 24.2 secs
Number of scans15
Source gun typeAl K Alpha
Spot size400 μm
Lens modeStandard
Analyzer modeCAE: Pass Energy 150.0 eV
Energy step size1.000 eV
Number of energy steps1361

Table 1.

Working conditions used in XPS analysis.

The handle of the samples were carried out according to two different methods under the standard atmospheric conditions (20 °C ± 2) temperature, % 65 ± 2). Ten healthy women were selected as the participant group aged between 35 and 65 consisting of professionals including academic lecturers at Department of Textile Engineering, Suleyman Demirel University, academic lecturers at Textile, Apparel, Footwear and Leather Department of Technical High School at Isparta University of Applied Sciences and Dyehouse Manager of Isparta Mensucat Corporation.

Samples were examined on 10 subjects with 3 repetition in terms of thinnes/thickness, softness/stiffness, smoothness/roughness and total handle values [29]. Moreover, another subjective evaluation was to have carried out examination in terms of softness/coolness/dampness sensation. The scale used is as shown in Table 2.

AttributeRating scaleTime (s)
Thinness/thickness1
Thinnest
5
medium
10
thickest
15
Softness/stiffness1
softest
5
medium
10
stiffest
20
Smoothness/roughness1
smoothest
5
medium
10
roughest
15
Total handle value1
Not proper
5
medium
10
Most proper
20
Softness/coolness/dampness1
Not proper
3
medium
5
Most proper
60

Table 2.

The scale used for subjective handle.

The degree of whiteness and yellowness indices of the samples were assessed by the CIE value and ASTM E 313 respectively, using Macbetch Coloreye 7000A. Color differences were indicated as ΔE, which was computed by Eq. (1):

ΔE=ΔL2+Δa2+Δb21/2E1

In the CIELAB color space, L is the lightness; a is the red/green axis, b is the yellow/blue axis, c is the chroma and h is the hue, ΔE is the color difference between the reference and the sample.

3. Results and discussion

3.1 The finishing process using impregnation and exhaustion methods

In Table 3 the obtained capillarity, air permeability and water vapor permeability values of the sample values are given. These values are compared with those of fabrics non-treated.

Capillarity (sec)Air permeability (l/m2/s)Water vapor permeability (g/24 s/m2)
103060
Fabric without treatmentFabric I112539870521
Fabric II143349820507
Arristan HPC T/Tubingal SHEFabric I274767970634
Fabric II335266920628
Arristan HPC TFabric I345468945643
Fabric II244461900631
Tubingal SHEFabric I335265890633
Fabric II235063920623
Hydroperm LPU liq c/Siligen SIH liqFabric I3251621010650
Fabric II315160990640
Hydroperm LPU liq cFabric I355262985655
Fabric II345362950648
Siligen SIH liqFabric I204261930630
Fabric II183454905620

Table 3.

Capillarity, water vapor and air permeability values of samples by using impregnation method.

As given in Table 3, the capillarity, air permeability and water vapor permeability values of the samples having two different weights are similar to each other when treated with both softener combinations by using impregnation method.

As seen in the values from Table 3, the capillarity values of both fabrics increase significantly after finishing process. Capillarity is essentially stated by the surface energy of the structure. In a textile structure, the surface energy is largely determined by the chemical structure of the exposed surface of the fiber. Hydrophilic fibers have a high surface energy; therefore, these fiber take up humidity quickly than hydrophobic fiber. Hydrophobic fibers conversely possess low surface energy and resist to humidity. Hydrophilic finishing can be used as enhancer in surface energy between face and back of the fabric to improve its ability to wick [30]. The greatest increase is observed in fabrics treated with only hydrophilicity enhancer for both fabrics. However, the lowest capillarity, water vapor and air permeability values are obtained with silicone softener for both fabrics. It is known that the capillarity of the fabric decreases by the treatment with amino silicon due to its hydrophobic character of silicone softener. The pores are also covered by the placement of the silicone on the fabric. This process also causes to reduction in water vapor and air permeability values of them. Recently, hydrophilic effective softening agents can be produced by modifying the fatty acid long chain in the silicone structure. Therefore, the decrease in Table 3 values is not at an excessive amount. According to the results of Table 3, the water vapor and air permeability values of the fabrics are improved together with the capillarity values. The process of humidity transport in hydrophobic textile material take place in wicking, spreading and evaporation [31, 32]. The fabric evaporation and water vapor values become better as the rate of wicking increases.

Capillarity values obtained by applying wool hydrolysate to both fabrics by using impregnation method and then drying were obtained under the same conditions, and since the values were quite low, they are not given in Table 3. This indicates that the hydrolysate cannot be attached to the polyamide6.6/polyurethane blend fabrics. The capillarity, air permeability and water vapor permeability values of the samples with two different weights by using exhaustion method are shown in Table 4.

Capillarity (sec)Air permeability (l/m2/s)Water vapor permeability (g/24 s/m2)
103060
Fabric without treatmentFabric I112539850521
Fabric II143349820507
Arristan HPC T/Tubingal SHE40°CFabric I2538501100630
Fabric II2138451050630
50 °CFabric I3649611100643
Fabric II3248571020625
Arristan HPC T50 °CFabric I3343651050643
Fabric II285359975625
Tubingal SHE50 °CFabric I284548990620
Fabric II223535900616
Hydroperm LPU liq c/Siligen SIH liq40°CFabric I2146581100640
Fabric II2034521060632
50 °CFabric I3546641120651
Fabric II2139551105632
Hydroperm LPU liq c50 °CFabric I4160721050655
Fabric II2851661000648
Siligen SIH liq50 °CFabric I163145990635
Fabric II132330980626
Wool hydrolyzate40°CFabric I163246950551
Fabric II152735925550
50 °CFabric I173039980560
Fabric II132533955552
Al2(SO4)/wool hydrolyzate1%Fabric I1328551085642
Fabric II1939531015640
3%Fabric I3050671120650
Fabric II3550651100653
KAl(SO4)2/wool hydrolyzate1%Fabric I2550701175671
Fabric II3455701150670
3%Fabric I3453701200673
Fabric II3753691150677

Table 4.

Capillarity, water vapor and air permeability values of samples by using exhaustion method.

When the Tables 3 and 4 are compared, the capillarity test results of the samples processed with Hydroperm LPU liq c/Siligen SIH liq in both fabric 1 and fabric 2 using exhaustion method are higher. This can be attributed to the harmony of the ionic character due to the fact that both chemicals are non-ionic.

An important point in the Tables 3 and 4 is that the fabrics which have same knitting structures (fabric 1 and 2) but with different weights and fineness of the yarn are different. While fabric 1 was 170 g/m2 (150 den PA6.6/30 den PU), fabric 2 190 g/m2 was (100 den PA6.6/30 den PU). This shows that capillarity depends on the diameter of the yarn forming the surface. In textile structures, the spaces between fibers effectively form capillarities. Therefore, the narrower are the spaces between these fibers, the greater is the ability of the textile to absorb moisture. The construction of fabric that forms narrow capillarity has vital importance to pick up moisture quickly [11, 12, 33].

As stated in Table 4, only wool hydrolysate was applied to fabrics as a softener bath at 40°C and 50°C. The capillarity, water vapor and air permeability values obtained are observed to increase with the application at 50°C. Raising the temperature from 40–50°C improves the fixation of the wool hydrolysate to the fabric. The softening process of polyamide6.6 fabric is carried out at 40–50°C. Since glass transition temperature of polyamide6.6 is 60–80°C [34, 35], processing at 60°C and above may cause the previously dyed fabric to flow into the softening bath.

In order to increase the fixation of wool hydrolysate to the polyamide6.6/polyurethane fabric, aluminum sulfate, potassium aluminum sulfate which are used as mordant in wool dyeing were added in an amount of 1% and 3% in the finishing bath at 50°C. According to the Table 4 results, potassium aluminum sulfate at the amount of 1% gives the highest results for capillarity. This can be attributed to the fact that potassium aluminum sulfate is pure and has high water solubility [36], molecular weight and high chelating property. Hence, it can bond wool hydrolysate to polyamide6.6 surface [37]. The fabrics processed have given approximately the same capillarity results shown in Table 4. This can be attributed to richness of wool hydrolysate rich in hydrophilic groups [38, 39] and better bonds to polyamide6.6 fabrics.

The samples were compared in respect of capillarity, water vapor and air permeability of samples treated with the wool hydrolysate containing 1% potassium aluminum sulphate and with commercial recipe (Hydroperm LPU liq c and Siligen SIH liq) after 5 consecutive washing. As it is seen in Table 5, the values of the fabric treated with wool hydrolysate are rather higher than commercial chemicals in terms of capillarity, water vapor and air permeability values.

Capillarity (sn)Air permeability (l/m2/s)Water vapor permeability (g/24 s/m2)
103060
Fabric without treatmentFabric I112539850521
Fabric II143349820507
Hydroperm LPU liq c/Siligen SIH liq50 °CFabric I162635970555
Fabric II71319950533
KAl(SO4)2/Wool Hydrolyzate50 °CFabric I3146601070640
Fabric II1626421040632

Table 5.

Capillarity, water vapor and air permeability values of samples by using exhaustion method after 5 consecutive washing.

3.2 XPS analyses

XPS analysis of the 170 g/m2 fabrics one of which was applied commercial recipe and the other was applied wool hydrolysate containing 1% potassium aluminum sulphate before and after 5 consecutive washing steps are shown in Figures 25 and Table 6.

Figure 2.

The XPS analysis of fabric treated with the wool hydrolysate containing 1% KAl(SO₄)₂ before washing.

Figure 3.

The XPS analysis of wool hydrolysate after washing.

Figure 4.

The XPS analysis of the fabric treated with commercial recipe before washing.

Figure 5.

The XPS analysis of the fabric treated with commercial recipe after washing.

Table 6.

XPS analyses of fabrics.

In Table 6 and Figures 2 and 3, XPS analyses of the fabric 170 g/m2 treated with wool hydrolysate before and after 5 consecutive washing are observed. The carbon, oxygen and nitrogen atoms which are seen at the Table 5 belong to polyamide6.6 structure. It is estimated that calcium comes from washing water bonded with amide onto the polyamide [40]. Although the process is made of demineralized water, it involves impurity and the amount of the calcium (Ca) increases after washing for all samples. Silicone (Si) is bonded to surface active agents based on dimethyl siloxane. This silicone comes from the silicone-based fats used in the polyurethane (PU) production [41, 42] and decreases with washing. Silicone has decreased from 8.96 to 7.74. The amount of sulfur (S) decreases with washing. It has fallen from %1.5 to %0.26 by getting away with wool hydrolysate.

Table 6 and Figures 4 and 5 are the XPS analysis of the fabric 170 g/m2 before and after washing according to the recipe at 50°C containing hyrophility enhancer and silicone (Hidroperm LPU liq.c and Siligen SIH liq). The difference from the analyses, they do not contain sulfur. Because this sulfur is situated in the structure of wool hydrolysate. This process was made of polyurethane resin and polysiloxane. Accordance with Table 6 values, silicone has rised up at both two fabrics. This situation is the result of treating with micro silicone based polisiloxane. But the extremely decreasing of the amount of Si after 5 consecutive washing, indicates that the processing is not permanent and this explains that the capillarity and water vapor permeability values are lower than the samples treated with wool hydrolysate. Silicone plays a significant role in the bounding of hydrophility enhancer agent to the fabric. Silicone can provide permanent effect with bounding hydroxyl group in fabric [32, 43].

3.3 The effect of the process on handle

One of the most important parameters to determine the effectiveness of a textile finishing is handle of fabric. The sensations of fabric such as softness, smoothness and drape created on the consumer can play a primary role in the preference of textiles.

So as to make subjective determination of fabric handles – as it is shown in measurement and characterization section, two different methods were used and the results are shown in Tables 7 and 8. The fabrics used have different weight, thickness and yarn count as it is mentioned in materials section. Furthermore, handle values of Fabric 1 were examined after 5 consecutive washing following 2 different softening process. As it is seen in Table 7 values, while no increase were detected in thinness sensations of the fabrics treated with commercial finishing agents (Hyroperm LPU liq c/Siligen SIH liq), thickness sensation were detected in the fabrics treated with wool hydrolysate containing 1% potassium aluminum sulphate (KAl(SO4)2. This can be explained with the fact that the average particle size of the hydrolysate wool solution is much bigger than commercial finishing agents as it is mentioned auxialiries section. When the softness/stiffness and smoothness/roughness values were evamined, it was determined that the fabrics treated with commercial finishing agents showed a bit higher sensation values. However, total handle values of fabrics processed with two different processes are similar as it is shown in Table 7.

FabricHyroperm LPU liq c/Siligen SIH liqKAl(SO4)2/wool hydrolysateHyroperm LPU liq c/Siligen SIH liq after 5 consecutive washingKAl(SO4)2/wool hydrolysate after 5 consecutive washing
Thinness/thicknessFabric I3.412.853.753.833.08
Fabric II4.584.755.23
Softness/stiffnessFabric I3.412.923.582.583.66
Fabric II4.3342.16
Smoothness/roughnessFabric I3.413.174.252.913
Fabric II4.334.162.92
Total handle valueFabric I5.668.587.4177.16
Fabric II6.416.57.16

Table 7.

Subjective evaluation of fabrics in terms of thinness/thickness, softness/stiffness, smoothness/roughness and total handle.

SoftnessCoolnessDampness
Fabric I3.53.413.16
Fabric II2.663.664.08
Hyroperm LPU liq c/Siligen SIH liq
Fabric I4.213.423.5
Fabric I after 5 consecutive washing4.083.753.83
Fabric II3.663.253.33
KAl(SO4)2/wool hydrolysate
Fabric I4.174.254.08
Fabric I after 5 consecutive washing44.254
Fabric II4.084.424

Table 8.

Subjective evaluation of fabrics in terms of softness, coolness, dampness.

In Table 8, handle values of samples were examined in terms of softness, coolness and dampness sensations. According to the Table 8 values, all the fabrics treated with wool hydrolysate containing 1% potassium aluminum sulphate (KAl(SO4)2 show a considerable increase in coolness and dampness sensation values. This is true for all the fabrics processed with 5 consecutive washing. This is related to fabric’s giving more coolness and dampnesss sensation by diffusing more dampness to the structure of the hydrolysate wool solution processed fabric with hydrophilic groups. This continues also after 5 consecutive washing stages.

According to the results above, the coolness and dampness sensations that the fabric gives depend on, to a great extent, the surface capillarity and water vapor permeability values. These results are in correlation with literature [44, 45]. This can be explained as the higher capillarity and water vapor transmission values cause humidity transfer which enables the fabric to have a greater evaporation capacity, and hence to have a more comfortable feeling.

3.4 The effect of the process on whiteness and color values of fabrics

Textiles are treated with a wide variety of complex chemicals in accordance with their end use. In addition to the production phase, softeners are the most well-known for their use in household and commercial cleaning. The basis of these softeners can be natural substances, such as modified animal fat, vegetable oil and wax, or hydrocarbon wax and silicon based synthetic materials. Due to the chemical nature of most softeners, they tend to turn yellow and change color with factors such as high temperature, prolonged storage, and their formulation [46]. In addition, due to its oily adhesive structure and application conditions (amount of use and pH), the increase in the amount taken causes the surface to turn yellow. The high free amine value of the cationic softener causes color change due to air oxidation during drying phase. The azo yellow and azoxy yellow resulting from the oxidation of the amino radical with the effect of heat and air cause the fabric to turn yellow [47]. Today, cationic softeners with ester quate structure that do not contain free amines can be preferred in colors not to cause yellowing.

The measurement of whiteness and yellowing index of the fabrics treated were done and shown in Table 9. According to the results of the Table 9, the values of the fabrics are slightly different.

LabcWI-CIE/TintYI-E313
Fabric without treatment91.67−0.86−0.621.06215.9482.85/1.69−1.931.69
ΔLΔaΔbΔcΔhYI-ASTM E313ΔE
Wool hydrolyzate KAl(SO₄)₂ before washing−0.58 D0.27 R−0.35 B0.08 B0.44 B83.68/1.38−2.440.66
Wool hydrolyzate KAl(SO₄)₂ after washing−2.52 D0.32 R−0.19 B−0.09 D0.36 B78.49/1.25−2.111.02
Hydroperm LPU liq c/Siligen SIH liq before washing−3.72 D0.22 R−0.10 B−0.09 D0.22 B75.44/1.41−2.031.34
Hydroperm LPU liq c/Siligen SIH liq after washing−1.59 D0.28 R−0.19 B−0.06 D0.33 B80.58/1.31−2.130.74

Table 9.

Whiteness and yellowing index of the fabrics.

In order to determine the color difference problem that softeners create in colored textile materials, the color difference value of the fabric treated with two different recipe were determined and given in Tables 10 and 11. According to the results of the Tables 10 and 11, the color difference of the fabrics treated with wool hydrolysate is similar.

Fabric without treatmentLabc
32.34−2.036.256.57108.03
ΔLΔaΔbΔcΔhΔE
Hydroperm LPU liq c/Siligen SIH liq0.36 L0.000.43 B−0.41 D0.14 G0.48
Wool Hydrolyzate KAl(SO₄)₂0.48 L−0.20 G−0.24 B−0.16 D0.27 G0.47

Table 10.

Color measurement of fabrics (recipe 1).

Fabric without treatmentLabc
53.9856.6943.3871.3837.42
ΔLΔaΔbΔcΔhΔE
Wool hydrolyzate KAl(SO₄)₂−1.21 D−0.56 G−0.30 B−0.63 D0.10 Y0.58
Hydroperm LPU liq c/Siligen SIH liq−1.25 D−0.65 G−0.12 B−0.59 D0.29 Y0.62

Table 11.

Color measurement of fabrics (recipe 2).

Depending on the findings shown Tables 911 yellowing/color change problems do not occur in the fabrics treated with commercial softener combination (Hydroperm LPU liq/Siligen SIH liq, thermoreactive polyurethane resin/modified hydrophile silicone softener) and wool hydrolysate prepared by diluting at a high rate (10 g/15 L).

4. Conclusion

In this study, hydrophilicity enhancer and hydrophilic silicone combinations were applied to polyamide6.6/polyurethane fabrics under two different weights employing the most used recipes of leading companies in the textile industry by using impregnation and exhaustion methods. As an alternative to the recipes, samples treated with wool hydrolysate were subjected to the same tests. The values obtained by using the exhaustion method gave better results than conventional silicone/hydrophilicity enhancer. In accordance with the firms’ recommendation, 5 consecutive washes were performed, and it was observed that the values obtained with wool hydrolysate were higher.

Findings of the experiment suggests wool hydrolysate can be used instead of thermo reactive polyurethane and modified polysiloxane. These chemicals are approximately 4.5 Euro/kg and 2.5 Euro/kg, respectively. 15 L hydrolysate was obtained from 10 g of waste wool in the production of wool hydrolysate. As it is seen, it is very economical and if concentrated product is obtained instead of solution in the future, the transportation of the product will also be economical. Thus, an example of sustainable, economical and environmental work was exhibited for polyamide6.6/polyurethane blends which are used in sportswear industry regarded as an area open to development, high potential and high added value in the textile industry.

Acknowledgments

The authors thank Suleyman Demirel University Isparta, Turkey for contributions to the project and financial support: A project of Suleyman Demirel University (FYL 2019-7326). Ethics committee approval of the study was granted by the Clinical Research Ethics Committee of Suleyman Demirel University Faculty of Medicine on 30.12.2020.

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Meliha Oktav Bulut and Ayşen Cire (September 3rd 2021). A Research on Polyamide6.6/Polyurethane Blends in Finishing Process Which Are Used for Sportswear [Online First], IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.99820. Available from:

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