Water- and dirt repellent car interior textiles by plasma treatment
Purpose and goal
New, innovative treatment process has been developed by combination of Plasma technique and spraying, in which by using 3 times less chemicals and about 85% less water consumption, functionalized textiles with better performance has been produced. Technical evaluating of textile demonstrator showed this process can be used in larger scale, but it needs to invest on customized equipment.
Results and expected effects
- Wide range of standard technical tests have been employed to evaluate new textile, such as water, oil and dirt repellency tests, surface free energy measurement, abrasion, fire and aging test, ESCA, SEM and optical microscope. - Water and chemical consumptions in new techniques are significantly less than conventional wet process which has great effect on treatment cost. Also relatively, it needs less power and can be applied in shorter time which means cheaper and more economical process.
Approach and implementation
This project has been designed to proceed in five work packages in two years which were WP1; Requirement specifications, WP2; Plasma treatment development, WP3; Evaluation of textiles and processes, WP4; Up-scaling, and WP5; and Project management. All WPs have been finished in time but WP4; due to interesting achievement in WP3, it has been decided to use different tests which needed longer time.