With advancement of technology, durability & safety of defense personnel clothing has become a major cause of concern. Defense persons are required to move, live, survive in a hostile environment. They have to carry or wear all the necessities for comfort and survival and thus need the most lightweight, compact, durable, and high performance personal clothing and equipment. From the aesthetic point of view the fabric should have good handle & drape, air permeable & should be water vapour transferable. Also, it should be UV light resistant & bio degradable. Traditionally PC blends were being used for the Army uniforms. Concept of Nylon / Cotton added newer dimension to the uniforms giving better durability & safety. This paper deals with the study carried out at TRADC comparing Nylon / Cotton fabric with the Nylon/Excel blended fabric.


Introduction:


Traditionally PC blends were being used for the Army uniforms. Concept of Nylon/Cotton added newer dimension to the uniform fabrics giving better durability & performance. This paper deals with the study carried out at TRADC comparing Nylon/Cotton fabric with the Nylon/Excel blended fabric. The study focused mainly on the defense uniform application. The fabric was printed in a camouflage pattern & tested for different physical & chemical parameters of performance fabrics. Product runnability at every stage of the yarn & fabric preparation process was studied. The study was carried out in joint association with NITRA (Northern India Textile Research Association).


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About the Author:


Sushil Hada and Ganesh Jadhav are a part of Textile Research Application Development Centre in Kharach.