Waterproof and Water Repellent Textiles and Clothing - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081012123

Waterproof and Water Repellent Textiles and Clothing

1st Edition

Editors: John Williams
Hardcover ISBN: 9780081012123
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st October 2017
Page Count: 416
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Table of Contents

Part I: Principles of waterproofing and water repellency in textiles
1. Introduction to waterproof and water repellent textiles
2. Development of waterproof breathable coatings and laminates
3. Soil repellency and stain resistance (Hydrophobic and oleophobic treatments)
4. Toxicology and environmental issues, (PFOA and PFOS)
5. Biomimetic design (pine cones, lotus leaf etc)

Part II: Types of water repellent textile finishes
6. C8 fluoropolymers as water repellent finishes (development of C8 coatings)
7. other fluorocarbons for repellency (development of C6 coatings)
8. Wax-based water repellents
9. Silicone-based water repellents
10. Hydrophobic dendrimers for water repellency
11. Graphene
12. Plasma-based treatments of textiles for water repellency (low-pressure, atmospheric and dielectric barrier discharge methods)
13. Sol-gel-based treatments of textiles for water repellency
14. Superhydrophobicity
15. Multifunctional water repellent textile finishes (antimicrobial, stain repellence, flame retardance)

Part III: Water repellent textiles in practice: performance, testing and applications
16. Designing waterproof and water repellent clothing for wearer comfort (ventilation, breathability and wicking, thermoregulation)
17. Performance evaluation and testing of water repellent textiles from AATCC, BSI, ISO and ASTM (contact angles, repellency numbers, hydrostatic head, spray test, Bundesmann test, (wearer trials of finished garments)
18. Re-proofing of water repellent textiles and clothing (abrasion, laundering dry cleaning and tumble drying)
19. Sportswear
20. Protective clothing
21. Healthcare textiles
22. Military
23. Footwear


Waterproof and Water Repellent Textiles provides systematic coverage of the key types of finishes and high performance materials, from conventional wax and silicone, through controversial but widely used fluoropolymers, to advanced techniques such as atmospheric plasma deposition and sol-gel technology.

The rapid innovation in this field is driven partly by performance demands in the sport and military sectors (among others). However, another innovation driver is the regulatory framework in the USA, Europe and globally, addressing both health concerns (e.g. with PFOS / PFOA) and environmental impacts (e.g. C8 fluorocarbon finishes). Both of these aspects are fully covered, along with the replacement materials / technologies currently available and under development.

Oleophobic and multifunctional coatings are discussed, as are aspects of performance, testing and applications in sportswear, protective clothing and footwear. The book is an essential resource for all those engaged in garment development, production and finishing, and for academics engaged in research into apparel technology and textile science.

Key Features

  • Introduces innovative materials and technologies, and explores their current and potential use across different sectors – helping design engineers and apparel designers to select the right materials, and optimize performance
  • Provides expert guidance on the health and environmental aspects of key waterproof materials and coatings, and the associated regulations worldwide
  • Demystifies testing processes and design principles


Producers of waterproof and water repellent textiles and chemical agents; academics / researchers in textile finishing; undergraduate and graduate students in textile engineering


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About the Editors

John Williams Editor

Dr John T. Williams has published numerous scientific papers and several book chapters dealing with protective clothing. Dr Williams has also presented numerous academic lectures internationally. He is a member of many groups including Euratex and TechniTex.

Affiliations and Expertise

Presented numerous academic lectures internationally