Analysis and prediction of air permeability of woven barrier fabrics with respect to material, fabric construction and process parameters

MALIK S. A. , KOCAMAN R. T. , Kaynak H. K. , GEREKE T., AIBIBU D., BABAARSLAN O. , ...More

FIBERS AND POLYMERS, vol.18, no.10, pp.2005-2017, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12221-017-7241-5
  • Title of Journal : FIBERS AND POLYMERS
  • Page Numbers: pp.2005-2017


Air permeability is one of the important properties of conventional as well as technical fabrics such as protective garments, filters, and fabrics for airbags and parachutes. In case of surgical textiles, air permeability is an effective measure of thermo-physiological comfort. This study is aimed to analyze PES barrier fabrics and to develop correlation between permeability and influential material, construction and process parameters. Not only the individual effects of yarn, fabric and loom parameters but also the underlying complex interactions between fewer or several of these influencing factors exert significant influence on fabric porosity and permeability. Artificial neural network (ANN) is the suitable tool to map such complex input-output relationships, since a direct analytical solution is not possible. Feedforward neural network models were trained with combination of Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm and Bayesian regularization support incorporated in backpropagation. Based on the number of input variables, three ANN models were optimized. It was observed that the model which was trained with all selected inputs delivered promising results on test data, i.e., R-2=0.985 and mean absolute error of 1.8%. To eliminate any doubt of overfitting, 10 % cross-validation was also performed for selected final model. Furthermore, to investigate the relative importance of input variables in the optimized ANN model, the rank analysis was also carried out. Research outcomes reveal that ANN can be used to tailor barrier fabric permeability depending on the requirements quickly without trials and error by adjusting loom, fabric and yarn parameters.