Substitution of Reduction Clearing Step by Ozone Treatment at Disperse Dyeing of Polyester

EREN H. A., Gundogan S., EREN S., Kocaman B.

OZONE-SCIENCE & ENGINEERING, vol.35, no.3, pp.196-200, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01919512.2013.771551
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.196-200
  • Keywords: Poly (Ethylene Terephthalate), Ozone, Clearing, Disperse Dye, OZONATION, DECOLORIZATION
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


The effectiveness of ozone treatment for the afterclearing of disperse dyed poly (ethylene terephthalate) (PET) fibers has been examined. Two types of disperse dyed PET samples were selected among commercial mass production range of Akbaslar textile mill. The reduction clearing procedure applied during mass production was taken as the reference reduction clearing treatment; these reference samples were taken after dyeing and reduction clearing processes at the mill. Samples of disperse dyed PET were also taken before reduction clearing in order apply ozone treatment in the laboratory as the tested afterclearing method. Color and wash-fastness properties of the reduction cleared and ozone treated fabric samples were compared and reported. Results indicated acceptable color and wash-fastness results comparable to those of reduction cleared samples for ozone treated samples. The success of ozone treatment for the black dyed PET sample at 7.0% depth of shade was especially outstanding. Ozone treatment was applied in cold water without addition of any chemicals for very short treatment times when compared to conventional reduction clearing. Ozone treatment created substantial energy and chemical savings as well as lower environmental impact.