The Effect of Finishing upon Textile Mechanical Properties at Low Loading
Keywords:low stress mechanical properties, KES-FB, finishing.
The paper deals with the experimental investigation of flax fabrics’ mechanical and surface properties at low loads, as
well as their formability and the influence of different finishing treatments upon these properties. The KES-FB
(Kawabata Evaluation System for Fabrics) is used for the measurements of low stress tensile, shear, bending,
compression and surface properties. Fabric formability as it’s sustainability of in-plain compression before buckling in
principle directions is investigated before and after finishing. Nine most important parameters are extracted from the
standard measured parameters and presented in circular charts for the comparison of overall changes induced into fabrics
after different finishing treatments. The obtained results revealed that any kind of softening treatment makes the greatest
influence on shear and bending properties of fabrics, while dyeing of fabric makes negligible changes upon fabric
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