An artificial skin from Empa could be used in place of human trials when testing the interaction between skin and textiles.
Currently, skin/textile interaction has been studied by having human volunteers rub their skin against the material being tested. However, this method is a bit cumbersome and expensive, and requires a level of risk from the volunteers.
To help take humans out of the equation, the team from Empa developed a skin model made of gelatine that is able exactly simulate the characteristics of human skin, including the way skin reacts to moisture. This precise simulation will allow researchers to test materials, ranging from boots to bandages, to ensure they are comfortable to wear and do not damage the surrounding skin.
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