CORNET Touché! project (2015 - 2016)

Boosting innovation through basic understanding on the process and  testing of textile touch and fabric feel.

TOUCHE! was an ambitious project that aimed to develop a set of fast, cost-effective and reliable objective test methods and improved textiles-skin models for assessment of Hand of Textiles (HoT) and Fabric Feel (FF).

Within TOUCHE! procedures have been developed to correctly evaluate comfort perceptions of textiles. For this, the FTT device is used, with the possibility to combine the results with subjective panel evaluation and other testing devices.

At the same time, steps have been taken in virtual comfort evaluation. In this, a textile is converted to a 3D object, and brought into contact with a virtual finger in an FEM analysis tool. The activation of neuro-receptors is linked to the feel sensation of a human.

At the Hohenstein Institut fur Textilinnovation the physiology of textile feel was researched. In this, the neurophysiological assessment of textile perception was investigated, and methods to obtain objective assessment of textile feel using biological feedback markers.

Based on the results of the project, SMEs can have their fabrics evaluated with the aim of improving the touch perception.  


                                                     FTT                              TSA                                grafiek.jpg

Evaluation of FF and HoT via FTT (Left) and TSA (Middle). Right: Resulting Softness, Smoothness and Warmness for a set of fabrics


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3D model for a fabric (left) and finger (right) for use in FEM analysis of touch 


Prof. dr. ir. Lieva Van Langenhove ()
Dr. Benny Malengier ()