Effect of yarn type on performance of diabetic socks

 

Cüreklibatır Encan, B ; Marmaralı, A

Abstract

In this study, seven different samples have been knitted in jersey and piquet structures using various antibacterial yarns. Cotton, polyamide, lyocell, polyester, acrylic, viscose and their blends have been used to prepare samples. Samples are tested for thermal conductivity, air permeability, water vapour permeability, coefficient of friction, abrasion resistance and recovery after compression. Acquired data are evaluated to determine the most appropriate type of yarn to be used for the diabetic socks. Test results show that antibacterial 100% polyester yarn is the optimum yarn for a diabetic sock among all the investigated yarns. This yarn has high air and water vapour permeability. It shows low coefficient of friction, high abrasion resistance, and high recovery rate after compression.

 


Keyword(s)

Acrylic;Antibacterial yarn;Clothing comfort;Cotton;Diabetic foot;Diabetic sock;Lyocell, Polyamide; Polyester;Viscose



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