Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Scientists create plastic fabric that keeps people cool
Scientists create plastic fabric that keeps people cool
16
Sep '16
courtesy: Sciencemag
courtesy: Sciencemag
Scientists have successfully invented the new nanoporous polyethylene (nanoPE) fabric that can keep people cool during summers. The fabric made of the material used in plastic wraps can block sun’s rays and allow sweat to evaporate through it. It is a more efficient option than fabrics like cotton, and effective for personal thermal management.

The nanoPE fabric is invented by a team of scientists led by Stanford researcher Yi Cui. In their paper published in Science journal, the scientists said that they processed the material to develop a textile that promotes effective cooling while having sufficient air permeability, water wicking rate and mechanical strength for wearability.

Polyethylene’s opaque form that is capable of venting infrared radiations was treated to make it permeable for facilitating sweat evaporation. The scientists then sandwiched cotton mesh between two layers of PDA-nanoPE to perform several tests for common textile properties. They found that the nanoPE sample has a water vapour transmission rate that is higher than cotton, making it easy for body sweat to evaporate through it.

A device imitating human skin was developed by them to stimulate skin temperature. It was found that when the device was covered with nanoPE cloth it raised its temperature by 0.8°C, while cotton stimulated it by 3.5°C. The processed nanoPE cloth stimulated the device by a temperature that is 2°C lower than that of cotton, performing better than a type of fibrous PE textile that raised it by 2.9°C.

This new fabric can help reduce energy demands in the future by keeping people cool, thus decreasing their dependence on air conditioners. (KD)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


Must ReadView All

New US alliance to promote postal package delivery service

Textiles | On 15th Aug 2018

New US alliance to promote postal package delivery service

A group of US retailing, e-commerce and logistics firms recently...

Courtesy: Industriall Union

Apparel/Garments | On 15th Aug 2018

IndustriALL-Esprit agreement to improve workers' rights

IndustriALL Global Union recently signed a global framework agreement ...

Indian minister orders fresh consultations on e-com policy

Textiles | On 15th Aug 2018

Indian minister orders fresh consultations on e-com policy

Indian commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu has asked for...

Interviews View All

Headhonchos
Textiles & allied industry

Textiles industry is always in the forefront in accepting latest technology

Ajay Ghariwala
Luthra Group

We are ready to adopt or follow every opportunity

Luke Otten
Wigwam Mills Inc

Wigwam aims to recycle discarded yarn that doesn’t make it through the...

Karan Behal

Karan Behal, founder and chief executive of top-selling brand...

Nitesh Mittal

Kusumgar Corporates is a leading manufacturer of technical textiles and...

Erik Sy

Manila-based CustomThread is a start-up offering premium custom apparel...

Ray Baughman
University of Texas -Dallas

<div>A team of scientists and researchers have discovered twistrons,...

Marcel Alberts
Eurofibers

Coating at a fibre level is a practice not usually seen in the...

Eamonn Tighe
Nature Works LLC

Eamonn Tighe, Fibres and Nonwovens - Business Development Manager of...

Madhu Jain
Madhu Jain

She grew up in the walled city of Old Delhi, completed her studies, and...

Adriano Goldschmied
AG Jeans

The hype around 'designer jeans' was created by him. And the new wave of...

Sidharth Sinha
Sidharth Sinha

<b>Sidharth Sinha</b> has contributed to the successful rebirth and...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


August 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Advanced Search