Comparison of Odor Intensity between Nylon and Polyester

  • Mohammed Abdul-Bari (University of Alberta)
  • Rachel McQueen orcid logo (University of Alberta)


The purpose of this study was to compare fabrics made from nylon and polyester fibers in odor intensity following wear against the underarm. Fabrics were sewn into the underarm region of a t-shirt and odor intensity was assessed using a trained sensory panel. Results showed that nylon and polyester fabrics did not tend to differ significantly from one another. This finding was unexpected given nylon is more hydrophilic than polyester and previous research has found an inverse relationship between moisture regain and odor intensity when comparing polyester with fabrics made from natural fibers. The lack of a difference may be due to nylon fabrics being heavier than polyester.

How to Cite:

Abdul-Bari, M. & McQueen, R., (2016) “Comparison of Odor Intensity between Nylon and Polyester”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 73(1).

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Published on
09 Nov 2016
Peer Reviewed