Photo-thermal conversion and thermal insulation properties of ZrC coated polyester fabric

Jiangtao Xu, Shou-xiang Kinor Jiang (Corresponding Author), Yuxiang Wang, Songmin Shang, Dagang Miao (Corresponding Author), Ronghui Guo (Corresponding Author)

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Zirconium carbide (ZrC) films are deposited onto polyester fabric through magnetron sputtering. The deposited films are then examined by using field scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The photothermal conversion property, film thickness, infrared reflectance and transmittance, and thermal conductivity are also evaluated. The results show that the highest far-infrared emissivity of polyester fabric deposited with ZrC is 0.9379. The ZrC deposited samples showed a small increase in thermal conductivity with a difference of 0.0611W/m·K, and a higher photothermal conversion efficiency with a temperature increase of 27.5 °C in 100 s, when the thickness of the ZrC film is 1920 nm. These therefore indicate that coating fabrics with ZrC through magnetron sputtering is an environmentally friendly means to produce textiles with photo-thermal conversion and heat insulation properties.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1938-1944
Number of pages7
JournalFibers and Polymers
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017


  • Photo-thermal conversion
  • Polyester
  • Sputter coating
  • Thermal insulation
  • ZrC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Polymers and Plastics


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