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Title: A simultaneous measurement method to characterize touch properties of textile materials
Authors: Liao, X
Li, Y 
Hu, JY
Wu, XX
Li, QH
Keywords: Fabric touch tester
Fabric hand
Thermal-tactile measurement
Testing instrument
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Springer
Source: Fibers and polymers, 2014, v. 15, no. 7, p. 1548-1559 How to cite?
Journal: Fibers and polymers 
Abstract: Touch feels of textile materials are major factors related to the clothing comfort. We could perceive touch feels through contacts between skin and fabrics. Latest researches concluded there were four types of touch information including thermal, proprioceptive, cutaneous, and irritant and pains. There is a clear gap between current measurement methods on fabric touch feels and latest theoretical research outputs. This report introduced a new characterization method of textile touch feels. It simultaneously measured four categories of physical properties of textiles. Fabric Touch Tester (FTT), the reported instrument, included four modules as thermal, compression, bending and surface. Measuring time of one complete test on this instrument only took about 5 minutes. Output of FTT contained comprehensive descriptions on the physical properties of samples in both directions (warp/wale and weft/course). Experiment results showed that FTT could measure and distinguish these fabrics with good repeatability and reproducibility. Correlation study between FTT results and subjective evaluation scores showed there were significant correlations between them. Initial findings were concluded on the effect of thermal properties on other tactile perceptions as well as the interactions between different physical parameters.
ISSN: 1229-9197
EISSN: 1875-0052
DOI: 10.1007/s12221-014-1548-2
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