Biomimetics of Plant Structure in Knitted Fabrics to Improve the Liquid Water Transport Properties

Q. Chen, Jintu Fan, M. Sarkar, G. Jiang

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Biomimetics of the branching structure of a plant can improve the water absorption and one-way transport property of the fabric. The present work focused on the development of a branching network in knitted fabrics to improve liquid water transport properties. Fabrics developed with such a branching structure and made from different combinations of yarns exhibited faster water absorption and improved moisture management property, as measured on the Transplanar Water Transport Tester and Moisture Management Tester. Furthermore, the novel structure also improved the air permeability of the fabric. The improved water absorption rate, moisture management property and air permeability are beneficial to clothing comfort. © 2010, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)568-576
Number of pages9
JournalTextile Research Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • biomimetics
  • knitted fabric
  • liquid transport
  • plant structure
  • water absorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics


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