Analysis and Comparison of Thickness and Bending Measurements from Fabric Touch Tester (FTT) and Standard Methods

Atiyyah Binti Haji Musa 1 , 2 , Benny Malengier 1 , Simona Vasile 3 , Lieva Van Langenhove 1 , and Alexandra De Raeve 3
  • 1 Ghent University, Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering, Centre for Textile Science and Engineering, 9052, Gent, Belgium
  • 2 Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Negeri Sembilan, Kampus Kuala Pilah, , 72000, Kuala Pilah, Malaysia
  • 3 University College Ghent, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Fashion, Textiles and Wood Technology/FTI Lab, 9051, Gent, Belgium


Fabric Touch Tester (FTT) is a relatively new device from SDL Atlas to determine touch properties of fabrics. It simultaneously measures 13 touch-related fabric physical properties in four modules that include bending and thickness measurements. This study aims to comparatively analyze the thickness and bending measurements made by the FTT and the common standard methods used in the textile industry. The results obtained with the FTT for 11 different fabrics were compared with that of standard methods. Despite the different measurement principle, a good correlation was found between the two methods used for the assessment of thickness and bending. As FTT is a new tool for textile comfort measurement and no standard yet exists, these findings are essential to determine the reliability of the measurements and how they relate to the well-established standard methods.

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