An operator setting up a fabric sample for digitalization on a stretch testing machine
Mechanical Parameters are influenced by the material of the yarns, the structure of the fabric, the tension of the loom, the dye, the coating, and other construction parameters. Each fabric is different, and has therefore different Mechanical Parameters. In order to capture the Mechanical Parameters of a particular fabric, one has to digitalize it.
This is usually done by running physical samples of the fabric through a series of mechanical tests using special machines that will weight, stretch and bend the fabric in different directions. This process is manual, long, expensive, and has to be repeated for each new fabric.
However, it’s the only way today to properly capture the Mechanical Parameters of a fabric sample.