Journal of Radiation Research and Radiation Proces ›› 2017, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (5): 50304-050304.doi: 10.11889/j.1000-3436.2017.rrj.35.050304

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Effects of UV irradiation on surface physical and chemical properties of wool fabrics

CHEN Cheng1, CHEN Chuansheng2, YAN Wenjun3, WANG Haiyan2, XIA Tian4   

  1. 1 College of Textile and Clothing, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, China;
    2 Chuan Qing Drilling Engineering Shu Yu Co., Ltd., Chengdu 610000, China;
    3 Jiangsu HOdo Industries Co., Ltd., Wuxi 214199, China;
    4 College of Textile and Clothing, Hunan Institute of Engineering, Xiangtan 411104, China
  • Received:2017-05-12 Revised:2017-06-16 Online:2017-10-20 Published:2017-10-20
  • Supported by:

    Supported by Educational Scientific Research Program of Hunan Province, China (16C0411)


The surface chemical composition, hydrophilicity, and microstructure of wool fabrics before and after UV irradiation were characterized by surface property measurements. The results showed that during UV irradiation, cystine, disulfide bonds with hydrophobicity and nonpolar C-C bonds were partially dissociated, and the surface hydroxyls, nitrogen-containing groups, and C-O bonds increased, improving the hydrophilicity of wool fabrics, which was further confirmed by the decreased static water contact angle and increased capillary effect of UV irradiated wool fabrics. Moreover, the surface morphology and crystal structure of wool fibers hardly changed, but the roughness increased slightly in the chemical etching resulting from low-power UV irradiation within short time. Based on the above-described effects induced by UV irradiation on surface physical and chemical properties of wool fabrics, this method is conducive to woolen dyeing and finishing.

Key words: UV irradiation, Wool fabric, Surface, Physical and chemical property

CLC Number: 

  • TL13