Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/15/2008
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Nonwovens are finding enhanced use in next-to-skin application such as wipes. The global wipe industry is estimated somewhere between $6-8 billion. One important attributes of the wipes is its smoothness as it determines it end use applications. Although there are a number of methods and techniques that are currently in vogue to evaluate the smoothness, none of them give a cumulative factor that is more closed to the end use and performance of wipes. This paper will present a new idea called quality energy factor, which gives a cumulative factor that takes into account smoothness, softness and other related attributes. A number of cotton and other nonwoven substrates have been evaluated for their smoothness attributes using the quality energy factor. The results from this novel methodology will be discussed in this paper.