Rotaru, Gelu M.
Spencer, Nicholas D.
Rossi, René M.
- Journal Article
The properties of human skin strongly depend on hydration. Skin friction, elasticity and roughness change significantly in the presence of water. This paper presents a new bio-mimicking gelatine-based physical skin model that simulates the frictional behaviour of human skin against a widely-used standard textile under dry and wet conditions and over a broad range of applied normal load (0.5–5 N) and amount of water at the interface (0–100 μl/cm2). The proposed skin model shows good agreement with the frictional behaviour of human skin both in dry and wet conditions. In addition, the tensile Young's modulus and surface roughness exhibit changes as a function of the amount of water that are similar to those of human skin. Potential applications of the model are in the testing and development of textile materials that mechanically interact with human skin. Show more
Journal / seriesTribology International
Pages / Article No.
SubjectGelatine; Skin friction; Skin model; Textiles
Organisational unit03389 - Spencer, Nicholas / Spencer, Nicholas
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