The developments of TS-PU and applications to textile production are explored, with the microstructure and water-vapour transport property leading to intelligent, breathable textile products. Temperature-sensitive polymer refers to polyurethane (PU) whose water-vapour transport properties may increase significantly with temperature rise. Potential applications in textile production and the medical area are examined. Early developments from Horii et al (1992), Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, Diaplex Co., Ltd. and Graham-Rowe are reported. Research work by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is described measuring the water-vapour transport property of three kinds of waterproof and breathable fabrics (WBFs). The microstructure of TS-PU is examined and comparisons are drawn with ordinary PU. Intelligent waterproof and breathable clothing suitable for most outdoor conditions and activities can be manufactured. Release control of medicine to contain infection is an example of medical use, and this is further explained.
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|Published - 1 Apr 2003
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business and International Management
- Chemistry (miscellaneous)
- General Business,Management and Accounting
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering