The project focuses on the systematic investigation of structure and properties of spun nonconventional yarns from man-made cellulosic fibres for production of knitted fabrics worn next to the skin. One of the goals is to develop suitable knitted structures (intended for underwear and hosiery) regarding to thermophysiological comfort and antimicrobial properties.
The objective of the knitted fabric antibacterial treatment against pathogenic bacteria is to achieve a satisfactory level of antibacterial protection, good stability in daily use and care. The new antibacterial agents applied to the material by conventional treatment methods or by use of plasma as a new environmentally friendly technology will be developed to insure main project goal of thermophysiological comfort and antimicrobial properties of newly designed knitted fabrics. Besides, research will focus on the development and possible application of agents on the basis of plant products such as tea tree oil which is known for its antimicrobial action.
The evaluation of performance and functional properties of knitted fabric, leather and multi-layered material constructions will be performed.
The final goal of the project is to develop knitted fabrics worn next to the skin (underwear and hosiery) as well as leather for working and protective footwear, with satisfying thermophysiological comfort and antibacterial protection.