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Functional Textiles for Improved Performance, Protection and Health

The textile industry is increasingly based on ongoing innovation and development of higher performance products, and the field of functional textiles is no exception. This book explores the development of textiles with a wide range of functions, with the aim of improving the performance of the product in terms of the protection and health benefits that it can offer.

The book is split into two parts. Part one focuses on functional textiles for improved performance and protection, with chapters reviewing antistatic, flame retardant and infrared functional textiles, among many others. Chapters in part two examine the uses of functional textiles in a medical context, including superhydrophobic materials, antibacterial textiles and insect-repellent materials.

With its distinguished editors and contributions from some of the world’s leading authorities, Functional textiles for improved performance, protection and health is invaluable for textile scientists, technologists and engineers as well as those designing and manufacturing textiles. It is also a suitable reference for the academic sector.

Hardbound, 552 Pages

Published: June 2011

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84569-723-5


  • Part 1 Functional textiles and clothing for improved performance and protection: Improved textile functionality through surface modifications; Antistatic and conductive textiles; Ultraviolet protection of clothing; 3D body imaging and fit for functional textiles; Flame retardant functional textiles; Functional shape memory textiles; Thermo-regulating textiles with phase change materials; Infrared functional textiles; Functional smart textiles using stimuli-sensitive polymers; Development and design of performance swimwear; Key elements of protection for military textiles; Developments in clothing protection technology. Part 2 Functional textiles for improved medical and health purposes: New developments in functional medical textiles and their mechanism of action; Improving superhydrophobic coatings for textiles through chemical modifications; Improving superhydrophobic textile materials; Antibacterial textile materials for medical applications; Antibacterial colorants for textiles; Pyrethroid-laden textiles for protection from biting insects; Improving the functionality of clothing through novel pesticide protection; Biomechanics in skin-clothing interactions; Transdermal permeation of textile dyes and chemicals.


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