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Title: Characterization of electroless Ni-P plated polyester fabric
Authors: Jiang, SQ 
Tao, XM 
Yuen, CWM
Kan, CW 
Guo, RH
Keywords: Electroless plating
Polyester fabric
Surface treatment
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: Research journal of textile and apparel, 2008, v. 12, no. 4, p. 52-60 How to cite?
Journal: Research journal of textile and apparel 
Abstract: Fabric surface properties can be altered by modifying the molecular structure using electroless plating. In this work, polyester fabric is treated through electroless nickel–phosphorous (Ni-P) plating as a metallising treatment process. The modifications of Ni-P plated polyester fabric are evaluated. The surface microstructure of nickel-plated polyester fibre is studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results show that the deposited Ni-P films are nanostructured with dense grains uniformly. The increases in weight and thickness of the nickel-plated polyester fabric are determined through direct measurements. Systematic investigations, including bending rigidity, tearing strength, tensile strength, elongation at break, air permeability, surface wettability and absorbency, conductivity and anti-static properties are conducted on untreated and metallised polyester fabrics. The water angle results reveal that the surface wetting properties change after the electroless Ni-P plating process. A thorough discussion and quantitative report are made on the specific performances of the Ni-P plated polyester fabric.
ISSN: 1560-6074
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