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Image-based method for the investigation of low flexure rigidity materials/Kujutisel pohinev meetod madala paindejaikusega materjalide uurimiseks.


Buckling is a phenomenon of the loss of the form stability of low flexure rigidity material when longitudinal tension and transverse compression stresses affect bias tensioned woven material. Due to the woven structure and anisotropic properties, parts of the specimen are unevenly tensioned and the strain is uniorm throughout the specimen. The problem of material form instability is important for technical and architecture textiles when complex strains are applied to maintain three-dimensional form.

Current strain determination methods mostly assume that the strain is uniform throughout the specimen and it is difficult to evaluate the stress distribution of textiles. Non-contact methods such as holography, speckle [1,2], Moire interferometry [3], and digital image analysis [4-15] are proposed for the evaluation of strain distribution. With different techniques and equipments it is possible to record real-time strain distribution fields. These methods are very useful for the study of the mechanical behaviour of materials and extend the results received by standard test methods, providing more information about the behaviour of the tested materials.

Some studies have used the non-contacting strain measuring technique to obtain the local strain values and zones of textiles. Image analysis has been applied under tensile testing of technical textile to assess the deformations at the tested strain rates [14], variation in the actual shear angle of the bias fabric [10], and homogeneity of shearing within the specimen [14], to describe three deformation phases and explain the large deformation mechanism and slippage phenomenon [6]. This method provides independent measurements and different studies confirm its effectiveness in textile investigation [13,15]. Image analysis is a suitably sensitive method for recording and measuring small deformations, however, the measurement of deformations is strongly related to the conditions of image acquisition and analysis algorithm. In some cases the surface properties and colour of the tested sample are a restriction to the use of the digital image analysis method. According to the investigations of many researchers, the methodology of image analysis has to be adapted for a particular problem.

The aim of this research is to use the image analysis method for evaluation of the mechanical behaviour of bias stretched woven material and to determine the zones and values of local deformations of the specimen for changing deformability when the movement of threads is restricted by fabric lamination.


To demonstrate the capabilities and reliability of the chosen image analysis method, three different weave fabrics (Fig. 1) of the same composition (warp 70% cotton and 30% PES; weft 100% PES), the number of threads per unit length (warp 28 [cm.sup.-1], weft 20 [cm.sup.-1]), and linear density (warp 39.9 tex, weft 18.1 tex) were chosen for research. Textiles were laminated with the "Poly-flex" membrane (a high-density polyethylene PEC) according to producer's recommendations (temperature 165 [degrees]C, time of pressing 20 s).


For the uniaxial tensile test the universal testing machine Thinus Olsen was used at the upper clamp speed of 10 mm/min. Bias (45[degrees] to the warp thread system) rectangular specimens with the operating area of 50 mm x 100 mm were prepared. For image analysis a regular grid of fill circles was printed on the specimen (Fig. 2a, b). In order to achieve good contrast, samples were printed in black colour on light fabric.

Two parts of different deformations A and B (Fig. 2c) were distinguished within the tensioned specimen. It is known that due to the restraints of woven sample thread systems within machine clamps, the deformation of zone A has been non-essential, and the highest deformations of the specimen have been determined within zone B. It is assumed that zone A remains constant during tension (the length of zone A [l.sub.A] = const) and zone B elongates depending on the total specimen elongation [epsilon], where the length of zone B [l.sub.B] + [[epsilon].sub.i], (Fig. 2c).


Images of the deformed specimen were recorded at certain times by the digital camera OLYMPUS E620 (resolution 4032 x 3024 pixels), which was located stationary in front of the specimen at a distance of X = 350 mm (Fig. 3). The centre of the camera lens was set in front of the tensioned specimen plane. Two light sources in the angle of 45[degrees] (300 W Philips halogen lamp, 3000 K) were placed at a distance of X' = X" = 350 mm. The images of the deformed specimen were acquired at every step of 5% of specimen elongation until 20%. For the digital image calibration, the ruler was placed at the same plane as the specimen.

Using the acquired images, local longitudinal and transverse deformations were estimated for the samples and regularities of variations in uniform deformation zones were assessed. The input images were converted to 8 bit greyscale images. To reduce the effect of noise, the Gaussian blur filter with a radius of [sigma] = 3 was applied. Image processing by the threshold procedure was used to restore the grid of the deformed specimen in the image. The threshold value was determined as the mean value of the approximated histogram of a specimen image.

The specialized program ImageJ was supplemented by the developed subprogram KTU Image JD and the height h and width b of each grid point were measured (Fig. 4). Measurements of the captured image during the calibration process were transferred to the desired metric units. The local deformations of the specimen were evaluated according to variation in the height h and width b of each grid point:

[DELTA][b.sub.ij] = [b.sub.0] - [b.sub.ij]) / [b.sub.0]) x 100, (1)

[DELTA][h.sub.ij] = [h.sub.0] - [h.sub.ij]) / [h.sub.0]) x 100, (2)

where [b.sub.0]--initial width of the grid point; [h.sub.0]--initial height of the grid point; [b.sub.ij], [h.sub.ij] - value of grid point i deformation at the elongation moment j.

Investigations of the printed grid showed that the calculated variation in grid point height [DELTA][h.sub.ij] (Eq. 2) and width [DELTA][b.sub.ij] (Eq. 1) displays the actual place of local longitudinal and transverse displacements of the specimen.





Surface density w of plain weave (P), twill weave (T), and combined twill weave (CT) materials increased several times after lamination, and relatively small increase occurred in their thickness S (Table 1). Lamination influenced mostly the bending rigidity B, which increased in plain weave (P) and twill weave (T) samples by 5 times and by 9 times in the lower flexure rigidity sample CT (Table 1).

Figure 5 shows tension curves F - [epsilon] of the selected fabrics (P, T, CT), lamination membrane L and laminated materials (PL, TL, CTL). In all cases laminated samples become stiffer and their tension curves are different from non-laminated fabric as partial limitation of thread flexibility is obtained during the lamination process. Lamination of the twill weave fabric T changed the deformation character within the tensile curve where performance specific for isotropic materials prevailed. The influence of lamination on the tensile behaviour of CT was not that intense. For the last case, during bonding of two materials CT and L of different tension character a new two-ply material CTL was composed and the behaviour of this material has shown an intermediate position between the curves of initial components (Fig. 5c).

Uneven deformations become evident during the primary deformation stage ([[epsilon].sub.i] = 5%) within specimens of stretched plain weave P, twill weave T, and combined twill weave CT (Table 2). Deformation zones of the P specimen are concentrated mostly within the centre of the specimen along the tensile axis, while the deformation zones of the T specimen are wider and shorter. The height of the deformation zones of the CT specimen is similar to the one of P, although the width of deformation zones extends through the whole width of the specimen. As the deformation increases up to [[epsilon].sub.i] = 20% new deformation zones show up, concentrating around the central part. Comparison of the pictures of non-laminated and laminated samples (Table 2) reveals that the lamination of the tested fabrics has changed the nature of the formation of deformation zones; the zones of uniform deformations are more spread and do not concentrate within the centre of the specimen.



Analysis of the maximum values [DELTA][b.sub.ij] and [DELTA][h.sub.ij] of laminated and non-laminated specimens (Tables 3, 4) shows that the influence of lamination is more evident within the T and CT specimens. The length of thread floats is higher for twill weave fabric, therefore samples T and CT are more flexible and the structure of those materials is less stable. As during lamination the movements of warp and weft threads are limited, deformation of points in transverse direction decreased 2.5 times on average within specimen CT and 4 times within specimen T, in longitudinal direction 1.56 times within specimen T and 1.26 times within specimen CT. Our investigation revealed that the change in the grid points width [DELTA]b decreased up to 1.96 times and the change in the height [DELTA]h decreased up to 1.1 times within specimen P.

It was estimated that during tension laminated bias specimens did not buckle when the total specimen elongation reached a maximum limit of [[epsilon].sub.i] = 20%. At the same time non-laminated specimen P buckled at the elongation [[epsilon].sub.i] = 10%, specimen T at [[epsilon].sub.i] = 12%, and specimen CT at [[epsilon].sub.i] = 14%.

In order to compare the behaviour of the investigated samples during tension, diagrams of [DELTA][b.sub.ij], [DELTA][h.sub.ij] variation were drawn for non-laminated and laminated samples (diagrams of the twill weave sample presented in Figs 6, 7). While the elongation [epsilon] of non-laminated fabric increases, [DELTA][h.sub.ij] within the width of the specimen changes only little, whereas marginally higher values of [DELTA][h.sub.ij] are noted in the centre of the specimen (Fig. 6a). Variation in [DELTA][b.sub.ij] is more evident and the peak of [DELTA][b.sub.ij] is fixed in the centre of the specimen (Figs 6a, 7a). The same tendency persists during the entire tension process. While the variation in the same characteristics within laminated samples is observed, the essential influence of lamination towards the performance of materials is estimated (Figs 6b, 7b). Variation in both [DELTA][b.sub.ij] and [DELTA][h.sub.ij] values was insignificant. No peaks were evident within the centre of the specimen, i.e. the stability of the sample increased and no buckling occurred during stretching of the laminated bias sample.

In order to evaluate the ratio of deformations more precisely, Poisson's ratio was calculated for each point of the stretched specimen [[mu].sub.ij] = [DELTA][b.sub.ij]/[DELTA][h.sub.ij] (Figs 8, 9). During tension Poisson's ratio in transverse to tension specimen middle line varies from 0.78 to 0.90 and in the tension direction--from 0.78 to 1.04. The estimated change in Poisson's ratio proves uneven performance of the bias woven specimen during uniaxial tension and its values depend on the position of the point and specimen elongation. In laminated samples the limits of Poisson's ratio (Figs 8b, 9b) varies from 0.87 to 1.00 and shows a more uneven deformation nature after the movement of fabric threads is restricted by lamination.






Using the proposed image analysis method, local deformations of the tensioned bias woven specimen in transverse and longitudinal directions were estimated and regularities of variation in uniform deformation zones were assessed. Clear zones of uniform deformation appear and the number of these zones increases when the specimen elongates.

The proposed digital image-based methodology can be applied to study the behaviour of various materials. Comparison of the behaviour of materials shows that increase in bending rigidity changes the deformation character of laminated materials. For non-laminated low flexure rigidity materials the formation of localized deformation zones was estimated at primary stages of tension as in stiffer laminated fabric zones of uniform deformations are more spread and do not concentrate within the centre of the specimen. The analysis of local deformation values and zones explains the buckling phenomenon of bias stretched woven material and shows an increase in woven material stability after lamination.

The obtained results indicate that the used image analysis method and parameters well reflect the behaviour of the investigated materials and could also validate traditional models of mechanical analysis of textile materials more conveniently.

Doi: 10.3176/proc.2012.3.07


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Jovita Dargiene *, Dalia Luksaite, and Jurgita Domskiene

Department of Clothing and Polymer Products Technologies, Faculty of Design and Technologies, Kaunas University of Technology, Student^ 56, LT-51424 Kaunas, Lithuania

* Corresponding author,

Received 8 November 2011, revised 18 June 2012, accepted 20 June 2012, available online 30 August 2012
Table 1. Properties of chosen fabrics and laminated fabrics

                           Woven samples    Laminated woven samples
                        P      T      CT      PL       TL      CTL

Surface density w,     155    153    155     370      346      349
Thickness S, mm        0.43   0.47   0.54    0.56     0.58     0.68
Bending rigidity B,    11.3   11.1   7.6    167.10   101.12   87.89

Table 3. Maximum values of the [DELTA][b.sub.ij] parameter

Code   [DELTA][b.sub.i5], %    [DELTA][b.sub.i10], %
         Non-      Laminated     Non-      Laminated
       laminated               laminated

P        -8.28      -5.75       -21.54      -14.42
T       -10.21      -2.45       -25.45       -4.88
CT       -9.87      -4.20       -23.67       -1.74

Code   [DELTA][b.sub.i15], %   [DELTA][b.sub.i20], %
         Non-      Laminated     Non-      Laminated
       laminated               laminated

P       -36.17      -19.41      -48.50      -24.74
T       -40.56       -7.32      -48.62      -11.11
CT      -35.59      -13.97      -43.06      -14.94

i-index values of the central part B of the specimen.

Table 4. Maximum values of the Ah- parameter

Code   [DELTA][h.sub.i5], %    [DELTA][h.sub.i10], %
         Non-      Laminated     Non-      Laminated
       laminated               laminated

P        3.82        8.27        11.54       12.36
T        7.85        5.01        13.26        7.59
CT       9.14        6.59        13.90       11.85

Code   [DELTA][h.sub.i15], %   [DELTA][h.sub.i20], %
         Non-      Laminated     Non-      Laminated
       laminated               laminated

P        20.38       21.49       25.97       23.67
T        18.88       12.64       22.95       16.00
CT       20.92       16.56       24.80       20.45

i-index values of the central part B of the specimen.
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