In vivo friction properties of human skin

Ming Zhang, A. F.T. Mak

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In vivo frictional properties of human skin and five materials, namely aluminum, nylon, silicone, cotton sock, Pelite, were investigated. Normal and untreated skin over six anatomic regions of ten normal subjects were measured under a controlled environment. The average coefficient of friction for all measurements is 0.46±0.15 (p<0.05). Among all measured sites, the palm of the hand has the highest coefficient of friction (0.62±0.22). For all the materials tested, silicone has the highest coefficient of friction (0.61±0.21), while nylon has the lowest friction (0.37±0.09).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-141
Number of pages7
JournalProsthetics and Orthotics International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Rehabilitation


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