(Received 31 January 1991; accepted 6 August 1991)
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Fabrics designed to be used in marine applications must retain strength and resist color change over prolonged exposure to a variety of potentially degrading factors, including sunlight, variations in temperature and relative humidity, and repeated cycles of wetness and dryness. This research focused on the effects of instrumental weathering on the end-use performance properties of three woven marine fabrics currently available for use as sails. The fabrics were 100% polyester, 100% acrylic, and 100% nylon. Changes in fabric color and tensile properties were analyzed after exposure to three levels of simulated sunlight under both dry and moist conditions.
Associate Professor, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Associate Professor, Merchandising and Interiors, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
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