The AATCC RA63, Water Resistance, Absorbency and Wetting Agent Evaluation Test Methods committee has been one of the most active research committees, responsible for 16 test methods…and counting. To manage existing and new projects more efficiently, the group recently split into two committees with distinct scopes.
As of November 2021, RA63 is titled Water Resistance Test Methods. The committee’s scope is “to develop test methods for evaluation of water-resistance and repellency of textiles.” Kiarash Arangdad, ITG Burlington, is the acting chair for 2022.
The Water Resistance committee is currently preparing to ballot a new test method for Measuring Condensation on Textiles in a Humid Microclimate. The method measures the water condensation accumulation on the innermost (back) surface of fabrics in a humid microclimate, with and without simulated precipitation on the outermost (face) fabric surface.
The new RA114 Moisture Management Test Methods committee scope is “to develop test methods for evaluation of wetting agents and moisture management of textiles.” Guy Smithurst, James Heal, chairs the committee from 2022 through 2024.
The Moisture Management committee is actively revising the AATCC TM197 Vertical Wicking of Textiles with the intention of creating separate methods for specified wicking times and specified wicking distances. Revisions will also streamline and clarify some of the options in the current method.
RA63 Water Resistance
RA114 Moisture Management
Water Repellency: Spray
Wetting Agents, Evaluation of
Water Resistance: Rain
Wetting Agents, Evaluation of Rewetting Agents
Water Resistance: Impact Penetration
Wetting Agents for Mercerization
Water Repellency: Tumble Jar Dynamic Absorption
Absorbency of Textiles
Water Resistance: Hydrostatic Pressure
Liquid Moisture Management Properties of Textile Fabrics
Water Resistance: Hydrostatic Pressure Using a Restraint
Vertical Wicking of Textiles
Horizontal Wicking of Textiles
Drying Time of Textiles: Moisture Analyzer
Drying Rate of Textiles at their Absorbent Capacity: Air Flow
Drying Rate of Fabrics: Heated Plate
Water Vapor Transmission of Textiles
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Revised vertical wicking test methods will be handled by the newly-formed AATCC RA114 Moisture Management committee.
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