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Title: Development of laid-in knitted fabric for buoyant swimwear
Authors: Li, NW 
Ho, CP 
Yick, KL 
Zhou, JY 
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Journal of industrial textiles, First Published January 24, 2020, p. 1-15,
Abstract: As the use of buoyant swimwear by children in residential swimming becomes more common, the investigation of the effects of buoyant textiles is crucial for the optimisation of functional buoyant clothing design. This study investigated buoyant knitted fabrics developed using an inlaid knitting technique for buoyant swimwear application. The impact of the inner diameter, outer diameter, and the linear density of the inlaid tube on the buoyant ability of the buoyant fabrics was analyzed using multiple linear regression. The result demonstrated that the fabric’s net buoyant force was significantly affected by all three parameters, with inner diameter having the greatest effect, followed by the outer diameter and linear density of the inlaid tube. The increase in the net buoyant force of the fabric can be predicted by the increase in the inner diameter of its inlaid tube and linear density and decrease in the outer diameter. The divergence of the results for specimens inlaid with Silicon tube and from the result predicted bymultiple linear regression indicates that the net buoyant force is also affected by the linear density and the wall thickness of the inlaid tube. The new knowledge of this study can contribute to the production of buoyant layers inside the buoyant swimwear in replace of air chambers to improve the limitation of non-distributed buoyancy, accidental punctuation and bulkiness in conventional buoyant swimwear.
Keywords: Inlaid fabric
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Journal: Journal of industrial textiles 
ISSN: 1528-0837
EISSN: 1530-8057
DOI: 10.1177/1528083719900932
Rights: © The Author(s) 2020
This is the accepted version of the publication Nga-Wun Li, Chu-Po Ho, Kit-Lun Yick and Jin-Yun Zhou, Development of laid-in knitted fabric for buoyant swimwear, Journal of Industrial Textiles, First Published January 24, 2020, pp. 1-15. © The Author(s) 2020. DOI: 10.1177/1528083719900932 which is published by Sage and is available at
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