Ironing is an every-day occurrence, but little is known about the mechanism by which the iron unfolds the wrinkles in fabric. Obviously high temperatures, and pressures are important, but what about humidity, and the use of damp cloth? Researchers in this Hot Paper report experiments on the folding and unfolding of a single crease. Both bulk and weaved materials were studied.
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The anatomy of a crease, from folding to ironing
Adrien Benusiglio , Vincent Mansard , Anne-Laure Biance and Lydéric Bocquet
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 3342-3347, DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07151G