Textured Polymer Surfaces Mimicking the Tactile Friction Between Wood and Skin

Li Zhang, Adriana Carolina Rodríguez Urribarrí, Haihang Wang, Sheng Zhang, Yuan Zhang*, Xiangqiong Zeng, Emile van der Heide

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Abstract

Polymer-based furniture with wood-like visual printing is widely used in domestic and office applications. Although polymers could fulfil the high quality requirements of strength and appearance, they cannot mimic the feel of wood during touch. In this study, polymers with textured surfaces were designed to mimic the tactile friction and naturalness of wood. The influence of a series of factors on tactile friction was assessed. Textured polypropylene surfaces showed a 14.8% reduction in friction, and were more similar to wood compared to un-textured rough polypropylene surface, indicating the significant influence of surface texture on tactile friction. The touch perception test further proved that polymer samples were perceived as more natural with a rough or textured surface than with a smooth surface. This study suggests that, with a detailed design of the surface texture parameter, it is possible to mimic the tactile friction and naturalness of wood by using textured polymers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-523
Number of pages9
JournalJOM
Volume73
Issue number2
Early online date4 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

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