MARIE CURIE CREATION (Izabela Ciesielska-Wrobel) (2010 - 2012)

The objectives:

  1. development of a new approach to study the effects of textiles on haptic perception of humans
  2. classification of textiles in respect to their influence on human organisms
  3. skin modeling including mechanoreceptors and  thermo receptors

 Figuur 1. Schematische voorstelling van de doorsnede van de huid van een vingertop

Figure 1. Schematic presentation of a section of the finger pad skin.


The research is based on the development of a methodology concerning fingertip skin which is able to sense stimuli evoked by textiles.

Imitation of the sensation apparatus in the skin leads to better understanding a subjective hand perception.

The methodology will be based on the creation of a finite element models of the fingertip skin with support of the Abaqus programme.

The first trial presents a three-layered skin section model consisting of epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis; all three with the same Poisson coefficient but different Young’s moduli. A uniform pressure has been applied on the surface of the skin to observe its deformation.

The entire mesh of the fingertip skin section consists of 90 elements for the epidermis, 286 for the dermis, and 84 for the hypodermis, with 220 nodes in the epidermis, 504 nodes in the dermis, and 168 nodes in the hypodermis. The layers were connected with each other using tie constraints.


Figuur 2. Geometrie van het model met doorsnedes van de vingertophuid: a) zonder belasting, b) met belasting

Figure 2. Geometry of the model presenting fingertip skin sections: a) without load, b) with load.


The second trial presents five cylinders on the surface of the skin model, which simulates the textiles in contact with the skin surface.

 Figuur 3. Geometrie van het model met doorsnedes van de vingertophuid en de breistructuur: a) zonder belasting, b) met belasting.

 Figure 3. Geometry of the models presenting fingertip skin sections and the knit structure: a) without load, b) with load.

In the final phase a sensorial model for stimulation of human skin by textiles will be created.

The objectives will be achieved through multidisciplinary research of textile engineers, physiologists, neurologists and statisticians.

The potential application of the final solution:

  • laboratory metrological tool, e.g. measurements of the pressure of textiles on the skin,
  • verification of data obtained by traditional methods, e.g. Kawabata System
  • verification of the influence of new textiles products, e.g. smart textiles on human skin.

 The duration: 2 years (01.11.2010 – 31.10.2012)

 Supported by: Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development, FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IEF


Contact: dr. Izabela Luiza CIESIELSKA-WROBEL - Prof. Dr. ir. Lieva Van Langenhove