Thermophysiological comfort properties of different knitted fabrics used in cycling clothes


Ozkan E. T. , Meric B.

TEXTILE RESEARCH JOURNAL, vol.85, no.1, pp.62-70, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 85 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0040517514530033
  • Title of Journal : TEXTILE RESEARCH JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.62-70
  • Keywords: thermal resistance, water vapor resistance, moisture management, air permeability, cycling clothes, THERMAL COMFORT

Abstract

In this paper, we measured the thermal and moisture management properties of six different types of polyester knitted fabrics that are used in the production of summer cycling clothes. The test samples were selected from the most commonly used fabric structures according to the results of a survey on a cycling team in Bursa. The fabrics were compared to determine which fabrics were more convenient for cyclists. Thus, we carried out objective fabric tests to determine the thermal resistance, water vapor resistance, air permeability and moisture management properties. Good moisture comfort, low water vapor resistance and good moisture management properties were preferred, especially in summer clothes. In the final evaluations of the fabrics, it was found that Type 6 Warp knitted raschel fabric was more convenient for summer cycling clothing because of its good air permeability, low thermal resistance, low water vapor resistance and good moisture management properties.