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United States Patent 1151  3,802,980 Harmon 1 1 Apr. 9, 1974 [5 1 CONTINUOUS FILAMENT WEB AND 62, 175; 156/181 METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME Inventor: Carlyle Harmon, 2214 Edgewood v Ter., Scotch Plains, NJ.
Filed: Jan. 22, 1971 Appl. No.: 109,028
Related US. Application Data Division of Ser. No. 769,271, Oct. 21', 1968, abandoned, which is a continuation-in-part of Ser. No. 250,989, Jan. 10, 1963, abandoned, which is a continuation-in-part of Ser. No. 180,460, March 19, 1962, abandoned.
US. Cl. 156/181', 19/66 R, 19/66 T, 28/76 R, 156/177, 156/178, 156/291, 161/92,161/156 Int. Cl D0411 3/05 Field of Search 19/66 R, 66 T; 28/1 CF,
28/1 SM, 76 R; 8/15l.1, 151.2; 68/43, 55,
 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,131,409 9/1938 Nai 8/1512 2,981,985 5/1961 Walsh et al. 19/66 R 2,855,634- 10/1958 Smart 19/155 2,671,745 3/1954 Slayter [56/177 3,060,501 10/1962 Beal 19/66 T Primary Examiner-Daniel J. Fritsch 5 7 ABSTRACT A nonwoven unitary web of synthetic textile filaments with each filament having a denier of less than 10 and each filament having an irregular sinuosity with looped fiber portions overlapping and frictionally engaging looped fiber portions of adjacent filaments. The stretched length of substantially all filaments being equal.
6 Claims, 10 Drawing Figures PATENTEMPR 91974 SHEET 1 OF 5 INVENTOR. Gwen (i riff/Pm ATTORNEY QATENTEBAPR 9 197-4 SHEU 2 BF 5 ATTORNEY PATENTED APR 9 i374 SHEET 3 OF 5 I INVENTOR CAEZ YZE Mae/140M ATTORNEY PATENIEU 974 SHEET t UP 5 iNVENTGR s fih/P/wo/v ATTORNEY synthetic textile filaments and to methods of making the same. These textile filaments are known man-made materials, being either artificialor synthetic in nature as hereinafter indicated, as distinct from natural fibers such as cotton, wool, etc. For convenience herein they will hereinafter be referred to as synthetic filaments and/or synthetic textile filaments.
As used herein'the term web means a thin, flimsy,
fibrous sheet of indefinite length as distinguished from ribbons or batts which have considerable thickness. Also as used herein the term looped fiber portion means a portion of an individual filament which bends, folds, doubles, etc.', and may or may not do so upon itself to form a closed loop but may bend almost upon itself without touching to form an open loop. The term looped fiber portion is used to denote more than standard sinuosity, i.e., where the filament would form a semi-circular arc of 180 or less but. to indicate the formation. of portions of the filaments into more than 180 arcs but not necessarily ful 360 circles, though this may be the case in some instances.
Heretofore, fibrous webs have been made from staple length fibers and/or short paper-making fibers, i.e., fibers less than about 2 inches in length. Such webs are made by a card engine or by paper-making or air-laying machines. These machines produce a thin sheet or web of overlapping, intersecting, randomly arranged fibers. The web is held together by the frictional entanglement of the fibers and is quite weak.
Nonwoven fabrics are produced from these prior art webs by plying a number of the webs together and applying an adhesive to the laminate to bond. the same into a unitary structure.
The present invention contemplates a nonwoven unitary web of individual synthetic textile filaments. Each filament in the web has an irregular sinuosity throughout its length, thus presenting looped fiber portions which overlap and frictionally engage looped fiber portions of adjacent filaments of the web. Each filament in a unit section of the web has a length in its irregular sinuous form equal to the length of the unit web section as measured in the direction of the filament lie, and each filament of the unit section has a length in its stretched or straightened condition substantially equal to the corresponding length of its associated filaments of the unit section in their straightened condition.
As a filament in the unit section, whether the filament is in its sinuous form or in its straightened condition, is of substantially the same'length as its adjacent filaments in the same condition the resulting web is of substantially uniform construction throughout its entire area. The unitary web will have a substantially uniform density and uniform covering properties, i.e., free of holes or thick areas.
Substantially all of the filaments lie in the same general direction and the nonwoven unitary webs of the in- 2 vention have considerable strength in the direction in which the filaments lie. Strong nonwoven fabrics may be produced by plying a number of these webs together, usually at angles to each other, and adding a small amount of adhesive to hold the plies together.
The fabrics produced from the webs of the invention have strength and softness characteristics which are not directly dependent on each other.
For example, the starting web for conventional nonwoven'fabrics is very soft 'and weak. Adhesive is applied to the web to hold the staple length fibers together. Though the web develops strength by the addition of adhesive it also becomes harsher. Generally the more adhesive that is applied the stronger the resultant fabric and also the harsher the resultant fabric.
In contrast, if the webs of the invention are used to produce a nonwoven fabric, adhesive is applied to hold plies of webs together rather than to hold fibers together. Strong fabrics may be produced with relatively small amounts of adhesive which allows the final fabric to retain the excellent softness of the webs of this invention.
- The strength of the webs of the invention is more dependent on the strength of the filaments used and less dependent on the frictional entanglement of filaments and the amount of adhesive applied. This is in contrast to a web of staple length fibers whose strength is less dependent on the strength of the fiber used and more dependent on'the frictional entanglement of fibers and the amount of adhesive applied. i 1
The softness characteristics of fabrics made from the webs of the invention are different than the softness characteristics of prior art nonwoven fabrics since the softness of the webs of the invention is a result of filament surface whereas in the prior art fabrics the softness is the result of loose fiber ends, i.e., fiber ends which have not been tied down by adhesive. The large surface area, free of adhesive and fiber ends, gives the webs of the invention a cool, smooth, silk-like softness and makes the fabrics produced from these webs particularly suitable for use as surgical dressings, absorbent dressings, sanitary napkin covers, diapers, etc. The present invention contemplates-methods for producing the nonwoven unitary webs of the invention from a tow of continuous synthetic filaments. Thus, for example, these webs may be made by presenting a tow of continuous synthetic filaments to a liquid flowing through a chamber; any" liquid which does not adversely affect the filament may be used; suitable examples are water, alcohol, etc. The tow and liquid move in the same direction but the velocity of the tow is slower than the velocity of the liquid. The flow of the liquid is controlled to present diverging hydraulic forces in thebody of the liquid which open the tow and spread it into a thin web of continuous filaments. The thin web is presented to a condensing surface and the filaments therein become condensed or compacted lengthwise, in effect shortened lengthwise so that each filament assumes an irregular sinuous path. By effecting a substantially uniform lengthwise condensation of the filaments, the resulting web is of substantially uniform construction throughout its entire area. The resulting web is substantially free of voids, thin areas, and thick areas, and the filaments relatively uniformly cover the entire surface. The sinuousfilaments present looped portions which overlap and entangle looped portions of adjacent filaments.
In spreading the tow of continuous filaments into a web of filaments must be maintained under tension until the desired width of the web is attained. The tensionflmay be obtained by the application of hydraulic forces to the tow as it is spread into a web. The hydraulic forces must be strong enough to part the slightly tangled filaments yet gentle enough so thatthey do not form either open places or conglomerations of filaments in the web. After the tow is spread into a web, the web is placed on a conveyonmoving at a relatively slower speed'than the web, and the tension the filamerits are under are thus released/This allows the filaments to take the configuration imparted to them by V the differential insp'eed between the filaments and the conveyor. 7
When the tension is released the filaments fall in sinuous paths and form looped fiber portions which overlap and entangle looped fiber portions of adjacent filaments to form a nonwoven unitary web. The length of each individual filament in its irregular sinuous path is equal to the length of the web formed.
The invention will be further described in conjunction withthe accompanying drawings wherein:
FIG. 1 is a plan view of a nonwoven unitary web of the present invention;
in a pattern of parallel lines running at an angle of FIG. 2 is an enlarged cross-sectional view taken along line 22 of FIG. 1; v
FIG. 3 is a plan view of a fabric made from a unitary web of this invention;
' FIG. 4 is an enlarged cross-sectional view taken along line 44 of FIG. 3;
FIG. 5 is a plan view of another fabric made from a nonwoven unitary web of this invention;
' FIG. 6 is a plan view of an apparatus for carrying out certain steps in the method of this invention;
. FIG. 7 is a side elevation view of the apparatus shown in FIG. 6; 1
FIG. 8 is a photomicrograph of a typical nonwoven web of the present invention;
FIG. 9 is a photomicrograph of another nonwoven web of the present invention;
FIG. 10 is a photomicrograph of st'illanother nonwoven web of the present invention. Referring to the drawings, in FIG. 1 there is shown a nonwoven unitary web21 of the invention. The web comprises individual filaments 22 each of which lies in V a sinuous path running in the direction of the length of the web. Looped or kinky portions of filaments overlap and entangle looped or kinky portions of adjacent filaments. Each individual filament in the web is as least as long as the'length of the web formed. The web is very thin with the filaments 22 relatively uniformly distrib uted throughout the width of the webQas indicated in FIG. 2.
In FIG. 3 there is shown a fabric 23 made from two superposed webs of the invention. The first web 24 contains individual filaments 25 whose sinuous paths lie in the direction of the length of the fabric produced. The length of eachindividual filament in its sinuous path is equal to the length of the web formed. A second web 26 containing individual filaments 27 lying in irregular sinuous paths is plied with the above-mentioned web so that the filaments in the second web run the width of the fabric. The length of the filaments in this web, in their sinuous paths, is approximately equal to the width of the fabric. The two webs are held together by a binder 28 applied in any desired manner, suitably about 45 to the length of the fabric.
In FIG. 5 there is shown another fabric 29 made from a nonwoven unitary web 30 of the invention and a superposed fibrous web 32 of randomly arranged staple length fibers. In web 30 the continuous filaments 31 lie in sinuous paths running in the direction of the length of the fabric. Each filament 31 is at least as long as the length of the fabric and presents looped portions which overlap and entangle looped portions of adjacent filaments. The two webs are held together by an adhesive binder 33 applied in any desired manner, suitably in the form of a pattern of dots as shown. The strength of this fabric is much greater in the long direction than in the cross-direction and the softness or feel is different on each side. The continuous filament side has a silk-like softness and the'side containing the randomly arranged staple length fibers has a nap-like or flannel-like softness.
The webs of the invention may be produced from any of the known synthetic textile filaments, includingartificial filaments. Suitable examples are viscose rayon, cuprammonium rayon, ethylcellulose, and cellulose acetate, nylon, polyesters, acrylics, polyolefins, i.e., polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinylidene chloride, polyvinyl chloride, polyurethanes, etc. These synthetic textile filaments may be used alone or in combination with one another. I
The weight of the webs of the invention range from about 25 grains per square yard to 200 grains per square yard and preferably from about 35 grains per square yard to 100 grains per square yard.
The denier of the filaments used to produce the webs of the invention is in the range of from about. I denier and somewhat less to about 10 denier. It is preferred that the filaments have a denier in the range of from about. l-Vz to 6. For example, viscose rayon filaments from about l-Vz to 3 denier have produced excellent results in the production of the fabrics of the invention.
It is extremely important that the filaments used have a denier in the range indicated and also be of a textile nature. The reasons for this are that thelargei' denier filaments will not produce the desired looped fiber por-. tions and produce webs which have good uniformity and covering power and have sufficient cohesive strength at the light weights desired to allow further processing. The fabrics produced from such high denier filaments are not drapeable textile fabrics having a silk-like softness as contemplated herein, but are rigid and harsh and unsuitable for use in surgical dressings,
- sanitary napkins and the like.
To produce the desired fabrics with the new properties described the :web must be built from individual, i.e., single, filaments and not from yarns or strands of numerous filaments. By utilizing individual I to 10 denier filaments in my process I am able to give each filament an irregular sinuosity of looped fiber portions different than that of adjacent filaments so as to produce 'very light weight webs with filament portions substanuid. The tow and liquid move in the same direction, but the velocity of the tow is less than that of the liquid; the
drag of the liquid on the slower moving tow pulls the tow through the chamber.
The cross-sectional shape of the chamber is rectangular at the endat which the tow enters. The sides of the chamber diverge from the entry end to the discharge end while the top and the bottom of the chamber converge from the entry end to the discharge end, so that the rectangular shape is widened and flattened to form a slot 45 at the discharge end of the chamber. The divergence and convergence of the walls are such that the area of the chamber either remains substantially constant along the length of the chamber, or decreases slightly in the downstream direction.
The liquid enters the chamber at an opening at the same end of the chamber at which the tow enters, suitably as at 46. On entering, the liquid impinges on a baffle 47 so as to prevent any major disruption of the tow. The liquid continually flows through the chamber at a velocity greater than the velocity at which the tow passes through the chamber and thus maintains the tow under tension as it passes through the chamber. As the tow enters the chamber, the flowing liquid opens the tow and separates the continuous filaments into a flat band. The flat band is continually separated and widened as it passes through the chamber to the discharge end. The tow is separated by the shear stress exerted by the liquid on the tow. This stress is in the same direction as the liquid velocity and where the walls and flow are divergent the stress has a shear force component perpendicularto the centerline of the chamber. This perpendicular force component spreads the tow as it passes through the chamber. At the discharge end of the chamber the flat band is in the form of. a web 48 of continuous filaments and this web is placed on a continuous wire screen 49.
The upper reach of the wire screen passes from roller 50 closest to the chamber roller 51 spaced away from the chamber and the lower reach from roller 51 to roller 50. As the spread tow contacts the screen, which is moving slower than the tow, the tension is released. The individual filaments fall in irregular sinuous paths on the screen, forming looped portions in the individual filaments, which overlap and entangle looped portions of adjacent filaments.
The-screen with-the spread tow (web) thereon passes web of continuous filaments is dried. The irregular sin uous path of the continuous filaments causes portions of filaments to overlap and frictionally engage portions of adjacent filaments to form a unitary web. The dried unitary web 54 may then be laminated with card, airlaid, or other nonwoven fiber webs or with other spread tow webs to produce a fabric in accordance with the invention.
It should be noted that to open tows of fine denier filaments into uniform continuous webform of individual filaments the forces required must be gentle enough so as not to produce entanglement of filaments prior to reaching the desired width and must be uniformly applied to produce the desired results. Air jets, or other fluid jets, vibratory mechanisms, or similar mechanical means have been found unsuitable for producing the products of the present invention.
The liquid used is relatively unimportant in the spreading of tow provided the liquid has no adverse effects on the filaments. Economics, safety, ease of handling, etc. make the use of water one of the better liquids for the spreading of tow in accordance with the invention.
The more important variables in the spreading of tow of fine denier filaments according to the method of the invention are: the type of liquid flow, the condition of i the layer of liquid at the diverging sides of the chamber and the relative speed of the tow in the liquid;
The type of liquid flow in chamber 44 may be either laminar or turbulent. This flow is controlled primarily by the velocity of the liquid in the chamber, andbyvthe shape of the chamber.
The liquid layer at the sides of the chamber has flow characteristics which do not adversely affect the desired spreading of the tow. At the most it has a minimum of turbulence, i.e., the formation of vortices or eddy currents at the side walls are kept to .a minimum. The condition of the liquid layer at the side walls may be controlled by maintaining the angle of divergence of these walls at less than 10 or by placing release ports or slits along the wall in order to equalize the liquid pressure throughout the chamber.
The liquid velocity in the chamber is greater than the velocity of the tow as it passes through the chamber to maintain the tow under tension and allow' the action of the liquid to act on the tow and spread it into web form. Satisfactory results have been obtained with water velocities in the range of from about 50 feet per minute I to 500 feet per minute and somewhat higher. As the liqthe distance between the converging walls of the chamber as small as practical. The width of the chamber at the downstream end should be nearly the same as the desired width of the web. The chamber depth at this location should be quite small, on the order of -l/l6 inch or less, to give a uniform distribution of filaments across theweb.
Once the tow is spread into web form it is presented to the slower moving condensing surface of the wire screen. The'differential in speed between the tow and the wire may be varied over wide ranges to impart vari-- ous irregular sinuous paths to the filaments. The speed differential also governs the amplitude of the sinuous path of individual filaments in the web. Differentials in the speed of the tow and the speed of the wire in the range of from about 1.05 to l to 2 tol have given satisfactory results.
By the method of the invention tows ranging in diameter from 1/32 of an inch up to about 1 inch or more and'containing from 5,000 to 60,000 filaments or more may be spread to thin flimsy webs having weights ranging from about .25 grains per square yard up to about 200 grains per square yard or more.
It is important that the tows used be substantially free of twist in order to be opened into wide widths in such ical nonwoven unitary webs produced by spreading tows of continuous filaments. The webs contain individual filaments which have an irregular sinuosity and present looped fiber portions which overlap and frictionally engage looped fiber portions of adjacent filaments. The filaments extend from one end of the web to the opposite end and do not present fiber ends on the surface of the fabric, but, rather, present extended filament surfaces which produce a cool, silk-like softness in theweb.
Thedegree of fiber looping of adjacent filaments varies in FIGS. 8, 9, and and is dependent on the degree of condensing present when the web of spread filaments is removed from the spreading operation, i.e.,
- the differential in speed between the spread tow and the screen which picks up the spread tow from the spreading-liquid. The fabric of FIG. 9 indicates the effect of the lowest speed differential and that of FIG. 8 the highest speed differential of the three figures.
The invention will be further illustrated in greater detail by the followin'gspecific examples. The percentages indicated are by weight unless specifically stated otherwise. I
EXAMPLE I A viscose rayon-tow approximately 3/32 of an inch in: diameter. 6,000 denier, and containing 2,934 individual continuous filaments of about 2 denier per filament is fed by a pair of nip rolls into a spreading chamber at the rate of approximately 40.5 feet per minute.
The spreading chamber is 28-% inches long. The crosssectional dimensions at the entry end are 5 1 inch wide by )6 inch high and at the discharge end are 6 inches wide by 1/ 16 inch high. The cross-sectional area is substantially constant over the entire length of the chamber. A flow of water is maintained in the chamber through a tube fastened to the bottom of the chamber near the entry end as indicated in FIG. 7. A baffle is used to deflect the water forward into the chamber as it enters through this tube; again as indicated. The water velocity throughthe chamber is approximately 395 feet per minute.' v
The tow passes through the entry hole into the chamber and the flow of water pulls the tow through the chamber. Divergent currents of water cause the filaments to spread in a fan-shaped pattern. The tow is removed from'the discharge end as a substantially uniform sheet of continuous filaments six inches wide. These filaments are discharged onto a wire screen passirig over a suction box. The screen is moving at 38-Vz feet per minute. The suction box removes the water from the continuous filament sheet and the reduced speed of the wire causes the individual filaments to lie EXAMPLE n A base web is made as outlined in Example I from 2 denier viscose rayon continuous filaments. The web is approximately 6 inches wide and weighs 80 grains per square yard. This web is ,used to form a fabric by angle laying two pieces of the Web between two other pieces of the web to form a four-ply laminate. The filaments of the outer plies run the length of the laminate while the filaments in one of the inner plies lie at'60" measured clockwise from this length and the filaments in the other inner ply lie at 60 measured counterclockwise from this length.
The four-ply'laminate is held together by a viscose binder applied in a pattern of 6 lines per inch with the lines running at an angle of 45 to the length of the fabric. The final weight of the fabric is 340 grains per square yard with 20 grains per square yard of this being binder and 320 grains per square yard being continuous filaments.
The strength of the fabric is determined by taking a 1-inch by 6-i nch sample and placing it between the jaws of a conventional elongation tester. The jaws of the machine are 4 inches apart and after the sample is clamped between the jaws, the jaws are separated at a rate of 4 inches per minute until the fabric breaks.
When'the sample breaks, the tenacity of the fabric is recorded. Five samples are tested with the 6-inch length running in the machine direction of thefabric, i.e., the length of the fabric, and five samples are tested with the 6-inch length running in the cross-direction of the fabric, i.e., the width of the fabric. The final strengths in-the machineand cross-directions are then in irregular, sinuous paths and form looped portions which overlap and entangle looped portions of adjacent filaments. g .The sheet on the screen is passed under a spray of approximately 1 percent polyvinyl alcohol solution and .over a second suction box to remove more water from the sheet. The sheet is then passed under a hot air dryer toremove the remainder of the water and the dry sheet rolled on a core. The nonwoven unitary base web produced is approximately 6 inches wide and weighs 56 grains per square yard.
determined by taking an average of the fivesamples.
The machine direction tenacity of the fabric of this sample is determined to be 2.15 pounds per inch per 100 grains per square yard and the cross-direction tenacity is determined to be 1.66 pounds per inch per I00 grains per square yard. The softness of this fabric is determined by two different techniques,,as follows:
The flexural rigidity (resistance) of the fabric is determined by cutting an 8- /2 inch square sample from the fabric and testing the same on an instrument for testing flexural rigidity. In this instrument a metal bar bends the fabric and the resistance to flex is determined v in milliamperes which is converted to a-softness figure in accordance with known procedures. As this figure increases, the softness or flexibility increases. The average flexibility of this fabric as deter-mined by this machine is about 86.
A combination of the surface softness and flexibility wardly toward the center of the trumpet and have a radius of curvature of "/1; inch. The small end of the trumpet is integral with a cylinder "/8 inch in diameter and 3-% inches in length. The sample is pusheddown into the trumpet and through the cylinder by a vertical probe. At the bottom of this probe is a sperical ball inch in diameter. The top of the probe is attached to a cantilever weigh-bar system. The motion of this weigh bar is converted electronically to an electric signal which is calibrated in terms of grams of force exerted by the sample on the probe. Hence, the final reading in grams of force will decrease as the surface softness and flexibility increase. The surface softness and flexibility of this sample, determined as described, is 10 grams of 10 and the strength and softness of thesefabrics determined in the same manner as outlined. in Examples ll and III.
The first of these all staple length fabrics was mad force. from four card webs each weighing approximately 70 grains per square yard and made from viscose rayon fi- EXAMPLE bers 1- /2 denier, l-9/16 inches in length. Two of the A second fabric is made by taking a continuous filawebs formed the outer plies of a four-ply laminate ment web as outlined in Example I and angle-laying this while the other two webs were angle-laid between these between plies of normal card web. The outer plies or 10 ute plies with one ply running at 60 measured clockcard webs each weigh approximately 85 g i per wise from the length of the fabric and the other ply runsquare yard and are made from viscose rayon fibers ning at 60 measured counterclockwise from the length l-% denier and l-9/ 16 inches in length. The two inner of the fabric. The 4-ply laminate was held together by plies are made from the continuous filament web outa viscose binder applied in a pattern of 6 lines per inch lined in Example I. One of the inner plies li at 60 with the lines running at 45 to the length of the fabric. measured clockwise from the length of the final lami- The total weight of the fabric was 300 grains per square nate, while the other inner plylies at 60 measured y gr in of this being binder and 280grains 0f counterclockwise from the length of the final laminate. this being staple length fiber. The machine and cross- The 4-ply laminate is held together by a viscose tenacities of this fabric and the softness as determined. binder applied in a pattern of 12 diagonal lines to th 20 by the flexural rigidity tester and the trumpet test were inch with the lines running at 20 to the cross-direction rmin in h Same manner as lin in Ex mof the fabric. The final fabric weighs 302 grains per ples II and III above and are given in the following ta square yard with 20 grains per square yard of this being binder, 1 12 grains per square yard being continuous fil- The O all Staple length fi nonwoven fabric ament web and 170 grains per quare ya d b i was made by laminating four plies of normal oriented mal card web. card web made from viscose rayon fibers l-% denier, The strength of the fabric is determined by the elon- 16 inches length, with each P y Weighing pp gation tester in the same manner as outlined in Examl y grm$ P q y f Wlth of ple II. The machine direction tenacity of this fabric is piles running In the Same direction, h m hine 1.21 pounds per inch per 100 grains per square yard direction of the final fabric. The four plies were held and the cross-direction tenacity 2.07 pounds per inch together y a Viscose binder applied in a Pattern of Six per 100 grains per square yard. lines per inch with the lines running at 45 to the length The softness and/or the flexural rigidity of this fabric of the fabric- The final igh of the a ri was 340 is also determined by the two techniques outlined in grains P Square y with 20 grains of thls being Example ll.The flexural rigidity test evaluated the softbinder and 320 grains P square y being Staple ness of this fabric at 91 while the trumpet test evaluated length fiberthis fabric at 15 grams of force. Again, this fabric was tested for its machine tenacity and its cross-tenacity and its softness by both the flex- EXAMPLE W ural rigidity test and the trumpet test as outlined in Ex- For comparative purposes comparable weight non- 40 amples II and "I. These results are also given in the folwoven fabrics were made from all staple length fibers lowing table.
Fabric with All i All outer plies staple staple staple length length length fiber webs fiber fiber and anglefabric; fabric, Fabric laid inner inner inner of all plies of conplies plies continuous tinuous filaanglenot anglefilament webs merit webs laid laid Example ll Example lll Example lV Example lV Fabric weight (gr/ d) 340 302 300 340 Weight Binder (grlyd 20 20 20 20 Weight Continuous Filaments (gr/yd) '320 122 Weight Staple Length fiber r/ d) 170 280 320 Binder 6- 12-20 6-45 645 pattern lines lines lines lines (all viscose) per inch per inch per inch per inch Fabric with All All outer plies staple staple staple length length length fiber webs fiber fiber and angle fabric, fabric, Fabric laid inner inner inner of all plies of conplies plies continuous tinuous filaanglenot anglefilament webs ment webs laid laid Example ll Example lll Example IV Example lV Machine direction tenacity [inch 100 gr/yd) 2.15 1.21 .9: l.l9
Cross direction tenacity [inch 100 d 1.66 2.07 .27 .11
Softness by Flexural Rigidity Test 86 91 74 73 Softness by Funnel Test l I The four Examples of the above table were of comparative weights. The amount of binder applied in each instance was the same and the manner in which the binder was applied was comparable in all cases. As can be seen from this table. the fabrics containing the continuous filament webs were both considerably stronger and'considerably softer than the fabrics made from all staple length fibers. Although several specific examples of the inventive concept have been described for purposes of illustration, the invention should not be construed as limited thereby nor to the specific features mentioned therein except as the same may be included in the claims appended hereto. it is understood that changes, modifications and variations may be made in the fabric and the method herein described without departing from the spirit and scope of the claimed invention.
1. A method of producing a nonwoven unitary web .of continuous synthetic filaments which comprises: presenting a tow of continuous synthetic filaments,
said liquid whereby the tow is spread into a thin web of continuous filaments.
2. A method of producing a nonwoven unitary web of continuous synthetic filaments which comprises: presenting a tow of continuous synthetic filaments, each filament having a denier of from 1 to 10, to a-liquid flowing through a chamber, conveying said tow in the liquid in the same direction that the liquid is moving and at a velocity slower than that of the liquid, and uniformly applying diverging hydraulic forces to said tow while it is being conveyed in said liquid whereby the tow is spread into a thin web of continuous synthetic filaments.
3. A method according to claim 2 wherein the liquid is water.
'4. A method according to claim 2 wherein the web is compacted in a lengthwise direction and the filaments assume irregular sinuous paths, and present looped fiber portions which overlap and entangle looped fiber portions of adjacent filaments to form a unitary web. A
5. A method according to claim 2 wherein the web is presented to a surface moving away from said liquid and at a speed slower than the speed of the web in the liquid whereby a thin web of continuous synthetic filaments each having an irregular sinuosity is found.
6. A method according to claim 5 wherein the liquid is water.
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