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Terms and Definitions

‘Abrasion resistance’ is not described by the Textile Institute, but is defined by ASTM as the resistance to abrasion, usually stated in terms of a number of abrasion cycles. Academics at Leeds University have described abrasion as “the physical destruction of fibres, yarns, and fabrics, resulting from the rubbing of a textile surface over another surface”. 

Durability is the ability of a textile material to perform its required function until an agreed limiting state is reached, or is alternatively the ability to withstand deterioration or wear, including the effects of abrasion.