Quick-drying is an important attribute of textiles worn next to the skin, particularly during sporting activities where the skin is likely to perspire. This test method uses a hot plate at 37 degrees celsius or 99 degrees fahrenheit, to replicate the temperature at which the human body starts to perspire.

The temperature drops when the specimen is wet and as the specimen dries, the temperature gradually increases. The start time, end time and drying time are taken into consideration with the end goal of calculating a drying rate.

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What does this standard test?

AATCC 201 is suitable for all types of fabrics, 'including knits, wovens and non wovens'.

It can be used to test fabric from a roll, or samples cut from the end garment.

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What equipment is required?

AATCC 201 states that a drying rate test apparatus is required, that has a temperature recorder, IR thermocouple probe, fan box and a metal plate that heats up.

James Heal's ProDry is suitable for testing to this method, its TestWise software can automatically set up the parameters of the test and calculate the results.