Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Preventing unintentional revelations - Researchers tackle unintentionally transparent clothing

17.09.2010
Whether it is nurses in their uniforms, sportsmen in their training gear or anyone wearing light-coloured swimming trunks - everyone knows the problem of white garments which all too often reveal more than you want - either of yourself or of any white or dark underwear underneath. However, for things like scaffolding covers or trade fair stands, too, the transparency of textiles is an important factor.

Researchers at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, in cooperation with their project partner Eschler Texti, are working hard on finding a way of being able to give an objective evaluation of the specific degree of transparency or opacity of textiles and also control it.

In this "hands-on" research using volunteers with different skin types, existing measuring methods already used in paper-making are to be transferred to real-life conditions in the textile industry. Participants in the optical trials assessed the transparency of a piece of white test fabric by means of a questionnaire. The findings from the tests will then be confirmed using actual skin types and finally converted into an objective method for classifying transparency.

As well as evaluating degrees of opacity, the project will also come up with guidelines for controlling transparency by the thickness and composition of the yarn. This will mean that in future the required degree of opacity will be able to be defined and applied/set, even as textile materials are being constructed. In a further stage of the project, researchers will also investigate the effect of external influences such as wetness on the transparency of textile materials.

However, project leader Julia Gündel is reassuring: "Where they are still desirable, for functional reasons or in order to be fashionable, transparent textile materials will still be available." And surely it won't only be the organisers and participants in wet T-shirt competitions who will be pleased about that!

We are grateful to the Research Association the Textile Research Council for its financial support for ZIM project no. KF2136705HG9, which was provided via the Federation of Industrial Research Associations AIF as part of the Central Innovation Programme SME, with funds from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) following an Order by the German Federal Parliament.

Rose-Marie Riedl | idw
Further information:
http://www.hohenstein.de

Further reports about: Preventing textile materials transparency of textiles

More articles from Materials Sciences:

nachricht Using a simple, scalable method, a material that can be used as a sensor is developed
15.02.2017 | University of the Basque Country

nachricht New mechanical metamaterials can block symmetry of motion, findings suggest
14.02.2017 | University of Texas at Austin

All articles from Materials Sciences >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

Im Focus: DNA repair: a new letter in the cell alphabet

Results reveal how discoveries may be hidden in scientific “blind spots”

Cells need to repair damaged DNA in our genes to prevent the development of cancer and other diseases. Our cells therefore activate and send “repair-proteins”...

Im Focus: Dresdner scientists print tomorrow’s world

The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and Technische Universität Dresden inaugurated their jointly operated Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden (AMCD) with a festive ceremony on February 7, 2017. Scientists from various disciplines perform research on materials, additive manufacturing processes and innovative technologies, which build up components in a layer by layer process. This technology opens up new horizons for component design and combinations of functions. For example during fabrication, electrical conductors and sensors are already able to be additively manufactured into components. They provide information about stress conditions of a product during operation.

The 3D-printing technology, or additive manufacturing as it is often called, has long made the step out of scientific research laboratories into industrial...

Im Focus: Mimicking nature's cellular architectures via 3-D printing

Research offers new level of control over the structure of 3-D printed materials

Nature does amazing things with limited design materials. Grass, for example, can support its own weight, resist strong wind loads, and recover after being...

Im Focus: Three Magnetic States for Each Hole

Nanometer-scale magnetic perforated grids could create new possibilities for computing. Together with international colleagues, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have shown how a cobalt grid can be reliably programmed at room temperature. In addition they discovered that for every hole ("antidot") three magnetic states can be configured. The results have been published in the journal "Scientific Reports".

Physicist Dr. Rantej Bali from the HZDR, together with scientists from Singapore and Australia, designed a special grid structure in a thin layer of cobalt in...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Booth and panel discussion – The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings at the AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting

13.02.2017 | Event News

Complex Loading versus Hidden Reserves

10.02.2017 | Event News

International Conference on Crystal Growth in Freiburg

09.02.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Biocompatible 3-D tracking system has potential to improve robot-assisted surgery

17.02.2017 | Medical Engineering

Real-time MRI analysis powered by supercomputers

17.02.2017 | Medical Engineering

Antibiotic effective against drug-resistant bacteria in pediatric skin infections

17.02.2017 | Health and Medicine

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>