This paper presents finite
element models of the fingertip skin which have been created to simulate the
contact of textile objects with the skin to gain a better understanding of the
perception of textiles through the skin, the so-called hand of textiles. Many
objective and subjective techniques have already been developed for analysing
the hand of textiles; however, none of them provide exact overall information
concerning the sensation of textiles through the skin. As the human skin is a
complex heterogeneous hyperelastic body composed of many particles, some
simplifications had to be made at the early stage of building the models;
however, their utilitarian value was maintained. The models relate only to mechanical
loading of the skin. They predict a low deformation of the fingertip skin under
the pressure of virtual heterogeneous material: acrylic, coarse wool, and
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