AquAbrasion Wet Abrasion Tester

James Heal - AquAbrasion water abrasion testing instrument


The AquAbrasion is a Wet Abrasion Tester based on the traditional Martindale instrument. It uses a controlled pump system to dose fabric specimens with liquid which keeps the specimen wet for the duration of the test. Deionised water can be used to replicate rain, or a perspiration solution can be used to replicate sweat.

The AquAbrasion is an accurate and repeatable way of conducting wet abrasion testing, which we have proven to be a crucial and often detrimental step in establishing the durability of outdoor wear.


James Heal - AquAbrasion water abrasion testing instrument

Accurate & Repeatable

A fully controlled method of dosing fabric with water to keep the fabric wet for the duration of the test.

Replicating Outdoor Wear

Standard tests on outdoor garments include dry abrasion, which is not representative of the conditions they are worn in. To make an accurate claim about the performance of an outdoor garment it must first be subject to wet abrasion to truly understand the impact of outdoor wear and tear.

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Assessing the true impact of the outdoors on outdoor wear

We were approached by a leading outdoor wear manufacturer with a testing issue – how to accurately replicate the conditions their garments were put through in the real world?  Standard tests on outdoor rainwear such as walking jackets and cagoules include abrasion in dry conditions, but this didn’t take into account the wet conditions these garments were designed to be worn in.

This led us to ask the question: If a garment claiming to be waterproof will be worn in wet conditions, why don’t we test in these wet conditions as well?

To solve this issue we created AquAbrasion Wet Abrasion Tester, you can read about the research we undertook to prove the need for wet abrasion testing here.

Material / End use

Outdoor Wear

Outdoor wear applications a broad and varied, with a primarily technical / functional benefit such as ‘comfort’ and/or ‘safety’. Outdoor wear includes garments such as snowsuits, ski clothing, and hiking/trekking clothing.


Sportswear and activewear is clothing and footwear worn for sport or exercise, such as tracksuits, shorts, t-shirts and polo shirts.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) includes garments and face/body coverings used in a range of sectors; from medical, to construction, military to workwear.

Technical Specification

Specifications are provided as a guideline only and are subject to change.

Conditioned atmosphere recommended Yes
Positioning Bench standing
Space requirements  

Height 747mm

Width (without pump and beaker) 937mm

Depth 760mm

Approximate net weight  
AquAbrasion 150kg
Personal Computer (PC) - Minimum Specification

OS Windows® 8, Windows® 7, Windows® 10

Not compatible with Windows® XP or Windows® Vista

Microsoft.NET 4.0 Framework is required (included on disc)

HDD Minimum 250GB

Ports At least 3 free USB 2.0 ports if using the Hand Held Controller


110 to 230 V

50/60 Hz

60 W

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