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A Method for a Yarn-Spun Structure with Inherent Moisture Wicking and Fast-Drying Effects

HKRITA
Overview

Partnering with PolyU, HKRITA has developed an innovative yarn twisting technique and covering technology to modify the spun structure of yarn. This invention can improve both moisture wicking and transportation of yarn, preparing the yarn suitable for making sportswear.

  • A Method for a Yarn-Spun Structure with Inherent Moisture Wicking and Fast-Drying Effects
Technical name of innovation
A Method for a Yarn-Spun Structure with Inherent Moisture Wicking and Fast-Drying Effects
Research completion
2022
Commercialisation opportunities
Technology licensing
Problem addressed

Sportswear require high drying rate and high moisture absorption simultaneously, but both existing synthetic and natural fibres are far from meeting such requirements. Chemical additives have to be added on synthetic fibres to achieve hydrophilic surface. Natural fibres such as cotton absorb moisture but they have poor water transportation.

Innovation
  • By deploying physical-based coaxial and counter-rotating yarn wrapping technology to improve moisture management effects
  • Reducing negative impacts caused by exposure to chemical pollutants with no extra chemicals
  • Encouraging the use of natural fibres in a proportion greater than 80% and decreasing the utilisation of chemical-based synthetic or manmade fibres
Key impact
  • To improve moisture wicking, fast-drying functionalities, good dimensional stability and strength without using chemical additives
  • To overcome the drawbacks of both synthetic and natural fibres in terms of moisture management
  • To give stock yarns a "second life" as this technology can be directly applied to the secondary upcycling of stock yarns
Award
  • Silver Medal in the Special Edition 2022 Inventions Geneva Evaluation Days
Application
  • Sportswear material
  • Upgrading existing yarn
The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA)

Established in 2006, The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) is funded by the Innovation and Technology Commission of the HKSAR government, and hosted by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 

HKRITA has achieved research deliverables over the years around our research clusters targeting in sustainability, industry advancement and social benefits through our centre-owned research teams and laboratories as well as collaborations with industry partners and institutions. 

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