Summary and Info
Polymer coated textiles are known as engineered composite materials at macro scale. Coating can offer significant improvements to the substrate, thanks to a combination of physical (such as impermeability and fabric abrasion), chemical and aesthetic components. The number of polymer combinations enables a wide variety of textile substrate structures and new, innovative applications are being introduced almost every day. The polymer coated textile industry runs in parallel with the developments in textile research: applications such as reactive coatings with nanoparticles (with self-cleaning, self-sterilising surfaces), systems with conductive polymer coatings to provide EM shielding, electronic textile systems (with body monitoring properties), environmental responsive systems and so forth, are already somewhat classical and are continually being developed and updated. Advances in Polymer Coated Textiles is an up-to-date summary of the technical textile industry, considering the passage from conventional to emerging technologies. It discusses the criteria for selection of coating and textile and summarises the manufacturing basics of the system. It explores a range of emerging technologies, including smart, intelligent and nanostructured applications, alongside the testing and quality control methods of such systems. This book is a must for textile and polymer technologists, engineers, scientists and students and all those who are interested in this interdisciplinary field.