Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: December 25, 2005
Publication Date: February 13, 2005
Citation: Yachmenev, V. 2005. Thermal insulation properties of nonwoven semi-disposable blankets from recycled polyester/cotton fibers. National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference. pp. 1-3. Technical Abstract: Recycled polyester fibers and cotton fibers that require no chemical processing were used to produce a low-cost, semi-durable, nonwoven thermal blanket. Thermal blankets were given carboxylic acid finish to improve structural stability during use and laundering. A Steady-State Heat Flow meter FOX 200, designed and manufactured by LaserComp Corporation was used for measurement of thermal conductivity and thermal transmittance of samples of nonwoven blankets. The comparison of the thermal insulation properties of the studied blanket material with data for commercially available blankets showed that cotton/polyester blankets provide on average 20-30% better protection against heat loss. Overall these "environmentally improved" nonwoven blanket fabrics had a good hand, excellent thermal and comfort qualities, thus can be an economically viable product.