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Shrinkage prediction of plain‐knitted fabric based on deformable curve

Zhixun Su (Department of Applied Mathematics, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, People's Republic of China)
Xiaojie Zhou (Department of Applied Mathematics, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, People's Republic of China)
Guohui Zhao (Department of Applied Mathematics, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, People's Republic of China)
Xiuping Liu (Department of Applied Mathematics, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, People's Republic of China)
Ka‐Fai Choi (Institute of Textiles & Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong)

International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology

ISSN: 0955-6222

Article publication date: 13 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this paper is to develop a new method to predict the potential shrinkage of plain‐knitted fabric.

Design/methodology/approach

The presented method is based on deformable curve. The delivered plain‐knitted fabric is represented as a deformable parametric curve, and the relaxed fabric can be reached by minimizing the energy of the curve. Compared to the delivered‐knitted fabric, the length and width shrinkage percentages can be calculated accordingly.

Findings

The new method is more convenient than the traditional trial and error method, and need less‐input parameters than the STARFISH technique. Experimental results show that this method is feasible.

Originality/value

This paper presents a new method for shrinkage prediction of plain‐knitted fabric based on deformable curve and energy minimum. The work can be linked with shrinkage control in textile industry.

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Citation

Su, Z., Zhou, X., Zhao, G., Liu, X. and Choi, K. (2008), "Shrinkage prediction of plain‐knitted fabric based on deformable curve", International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, Vol. 20 No. 4, pp. 222-230. https://doi.org/10.1108/09556220810878847

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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