An image based method for characterising the mechanical behaviour of fabrics. Part I: The measurement of in-plane tensile behaviour

Binjie Xin, Jinlian Hu

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The characterisation of fabric mechanical properties including tensile, bending, shearing, compressing and fracture was investigated by an image based method. In this paper, an in-plane strain-stress measurement system was built using the Kawabata Evaluation System (KES) attached to a set of image digitalisation and analysis modules. The trajectory tracking method based on image analysis was used to calculate the displacement and distortion of reference points printed on a fabric surface under a certain load, so as to determine the displacement and strain distribution field of the specimen. The two-dimensional displacement distribution field and related parameters were used to define the in-plane deformation of fabrics instead of the traditional one-dimensional strain-stress curve. The relationship between strain values determined by the Kawabata Evaluation System and those obtained by the image-based method was analysed, and the experimental results show that the image-based method is effective and simple to characterise both the global and local strains two dimensionally.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-75
Number of pages4
JournalFibres and Textiles in Eastern Europe
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • Displacement
  • Fabrics
  • Image-based method
  • Kawabata Evaluation System
  • Mechanical properties
  • Shape deformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics

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