Selection of Cotton Fabrics for Optimal Comfort Properties Using Multi-Criteria Decision Making

MD Samsu Alam, Anindya Ghosh


This paper presents a multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) approach to evaluate the thermal comfort index of fabrics by considering four decision criteria of fabric parameters such as cover, thickness, areal density (GSM) and porosity. The weight or relative importance of each criterion is decided by Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). The technique for order preference by similarity to ideal solution (TOPSIS) method of MCDM has been used to rank different types of cotton fabrics in terms of their thermal comfort level. The ranking of fabrics by this method yields a reasonable degree of agreement with the ranking based on thermal resistance value.

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