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Optical Engineering

Polarimetric measurements of fabric surfaces
Author(s): Michel Tourlonias; Laurent Bigue; Marie-Ange Bueno
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Paper Abstract

We describe an optoelectronic setup designed to evaluate the surface parameters of fabrics that influence their tactile feel. The developed texturometer uses the periodic structure of a textile material and its ability to reflect light to evaluate its surface properties through its polarimetric properties. The device scans the surface with a laser line and performs a temporal Fourier analysis of the reflected light, which allows us to consider the periodical structure of the material's surface. Instead of using the overall reflected energy, the analysis is performed on the degree of polarization of light. Results obtained with this new texturometer are compared to those obtained with a nonpolarimetric device that uses overall reflected energy. Emerized and nonemerized twill fabrics are tested, as well as spun-bonded nonwovens. We show that discrimination between samples is enhanced with this polarimetric texturometer. For emerized fabrics, the results exhibit a decrease in depolarization as emerizing intensity increases. For nonwovens, a complementary study in polarimetric imaging has been performed to better understand the phenomena. Nonwoven thermobonded points exhibit lower depolarization of the lightwave than the rest of the structure. Moreover, their depolarization differentiates the tested nonwovens.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Opt. Eng. 46(8) 083602 doi: 10.1117/1.2771122
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 46, Issue 8
Show Author Affiliations
Michel Tourlonias, Univ. de Haute Alsace (France)
Laurent Bigue, Univ. de Haute Alsace (France)
Marie-Ange Bueno, Univ. de Haute Alsace (France)

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