The effects of weathering and atmospheric pollutants on cotton fabric and cotton fabric treated with selected flame retardants. II. Spectroscopic studies

Authors

  • B. L. Slaten,

    1. Department of Textiles and Consumer Economics, College of Human Ecology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742
    Current affiliation:
    1. Department of Consumer Affairs, College of Home Economics, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama 36830
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  • B. F. Smith

    1. Department of Textiles and Consumer Economics, College of Human Ecology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742
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  • Scientific article No. 2361, Contribution No. 5373 of the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station, Department of Textiles and Consumer Economics, University of Maryland.

Abstract

Spectroscopic studies of weathered flame retardant cotton fabrics were conducted. The weathering conditions included combined and independent exposure to xenon arc light and low concentrations of SO2, NO2, and O3 gases. Multiple internal reflectance infrared analysis of weathered Pyrovatex 3805-treated fabric showed that the finish removed after 150 hr of weathering exposure had the same structure as the original finish. Interferometer spectra of Pyrovatex 3805 and THPOH-NH3 finishes on the fabric indicated no significant changes in the structure for both finishes after exposure to the various weathering conditions.

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