The Wool ComfortMeter and the Wool HandleMeter, new opportunities for wool
Tester, D., McGregor, B., Wang, H., Naebe, M. and Mahar, T. 2013, The Wool ComfortMeter and the Wool HandleMeter, new opportunities for wool, in IWTO 2013 : Proceedings of the 82nd International Wool Textile Organisation Congress, [The Congress], [Biella, Italy], pp. 1-11.
Two instruments have been developed by the Sheep CRC that provide the tools for a new standard in comfort and handle for the next generation of next-to-skin wool knitwear. The Wool ComfortMeter and Wool HandleMeter provide a rapid, accurate and objective measure of two important characteristics of wool knitwear that are currently determined by subjective assessment. The Wool HandleMeter allows the prediction of a set of handle attribute values that can quantify the hand feel of a lightweight jersey fabric. The instrument uses the principle of pushing a fabric sample through a ring. The force displacement curve associated with the fabric test is characterised and used to define each fabric. These values were then compared to the average handle values, as determined by a group of experts, of a large set of lightweight knitted fabrics. Algorithms were developed that enable the instrument to more accurately predict each of seven handle attributes than an individual expert. The Wool ComfortMeter provides a measure of the fibres that are protruding from the surface of the fabric that are responsible for the itchy sensation caused by some knitwear. The results from the instrument have been compared to the results from extensive wearer trials to provide an understanding of the relationship between the instrument value and the comfort perceptions of wearers. The results have shown a very clear relationship between the instrument and wearer trials.
Field of Research
091012 Textile Technology
Socio Economic Objective
860403 Natural Fibres, Yarns and Fabrics
HERDC Research category
E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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