Recent Developments in the Field of User Friendly Testing of Mechanical and Comfort Properties of Textile Fabrics and Garments

(6/14/2010 18:00)

Fabrics and garments with increased comfort level based on special fibres and sophisticated fabric structure are gaining world markets in recent years and bringing much higher benefits than common products. Nevertheless, their design and evaluation of their properties are quite complicated. Common instruments for the determination of sensorial and thermophysiological comfort of fabrics and garments are often costly, complicated and time consuming. It can be concluded, that textile and clothing industry, retailers, and big shopping centres require cheap, simple and friendly instruments, which should became a daily tool of technicians, responsible in these units for fabrics and garment quality. The paper brings a survey of methods and instruments, which enable easy and fast determination of selected fabric parameters, mainly of those influencing the fabric and garment comfort properties. Special attention is paid to instruments, which measure some complex comfort parameters and which provide automatic measurement.
Brief content of the paper:
1. Introduction
2. Brief description and evaluation of selected user friendly methods of testing
2.1. Simple and fast textile testing methods (Australian FAST system, new methods and instruments designed by L. Hes et al: simple drape evaluation method based on fabric bending over the horizontal sharp corner, simple fabric friction tester, new portable air permeability tester)
2.2. Instruments, which evaluate the complex effect of various mechanical parameters of fabrics (based on pulling the tested fabric through a short hollow cylinder)
2.3. Systems for simultaneous testing of three independent mechanical properties according to S. Kawabata ( KES-F, AUTO, commercialised by the KATO-TECH Comp.)
2.4. System for automatic testing of six independent mechanical properties of fabrics invented by G. K. Stylios (FAMOUS concept, no human intervention, automatic interpretation of the results into s

By: Prof. Dr. Lubos Hes Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic

Submit Date: 6/14/2010 18:00

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