Forces & Stresses

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Forces and Stresses

Certain forces and stresses can cause different effects.

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  • Textiles can withstand many types of external forces.
  • Textiles can have a variety of different forces applied to them.
    • Applying forces to textiles allows them to be used for a variety of aesthetic and functional reasons.
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  • Torsion - a twisting force applied to both or one end of a fabric.
  • Shear - forces acting across the material in opposite directions.
  • Tension - pulling force which is outwards.
  • Compression - pushing force which is inwards.
  • Bending - forces at an angle in particular to more rigid textile materials.

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