Development of a robust method for the dynamic colour measurement of thermochromic textiles

Kate Lloyd, Muriel Rigout, Sonja Andrew, Chris Carr

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    Thermochromic colorants have high potential in textile applications due to their ability to create dynamic patterns as well as functioning as a safety feature. To gain an improved understanding of the fastness and colour change properties of these colorants when applied to textiles, a rapid, accurate and easily reproducible colour measurement methodology is required. In this paper, we report the development of such a methodology which allows for the dynamic colour measurement of temperature dependent colorants. Our method employs a custom designed heat conducting platform linked to a heating/cooling water circulator in conjunction with a hand-held spectrophotometer. The development of the methodology is reported, including the study of sample conditioning, temperature variation and thermal transfer. Finally, the methodology was validated by quantifying the colorimetric values of thermochromic colorants and the well documented colour hysteresis effect.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationhost publication
    Place of PublicationTurkey
    PublisherUludag University
    Publication statusPublished - May 2014
    Event14th AUTEX World Textile Conference - Bursa, Turkey
    Duration: 26 May 201428 May 2014


    Conference14th AUTEX World Textile Conference
    CityBursa, Turkey


    • Thermochromic
    • Colouration
    • Textiles
    • Printing,


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