Capillary wetting of profiled polyester fibres-a comparison between macroscopic and microscopic analysis

G. Glavan, Manja Kurečič, Uros Maver, Karin Stana Kleinschek, I. Drevenšek-Olenik

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A comparative study between the standard Washburn macroscale method for determination of the capillary wetting rate in a nonwoven textile fibre mesh and the polarization optical video-microscopy-based microscale method for investigation of the wetting process in single fibres is reported. The study was performed with profiled polyester fibres associated with superior wicking performance. Both methods resulted in very similar values of the wetting rate, which confirms that for textile materials based on such type of fibres the microstructure of a single fibre dictates liquid transport properties on the micro- as well as on the macroscale. Consequently, for such materials the microscale method is fully competitive with the standard macroscopic approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Article number015310
JournalMaterials Research Express
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • capillary wetting
  • optical polarization microscopy
  • textile materials
  • water sorption
  • wicking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys

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