Changes due to wear in tufted pile carpets

M. A. Wilding, B. Lomas, K. Woodhouse

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The first section of this paper examines some of the major causes of appearance loss in tufted pile carpets due to foot traffic. The second section concerns a visual and microscopical study of nylon and polyester cut-pile carpets following wear trials in the traffic range 0-100 000 treads. Optical and scanning microscopy are used to assess changes in pile geometry and the significance of fibre damage. The relative performance of nylon and polyester carpets is discussed in the light of the differing mechanical properties of the two fibre types, in particular the higher recoverability of nylon from large deformations. An interesting observation is the relatively poor retention of tuft definition in the nylon carpet, for which a possible explanation is offered in terms of fibre crimp. There are 17 references.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-640
Number of pages13
JournalTextile Research Journal
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1990


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