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Air Permeability Tester TF164

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Auto Air Permeability Tester T164, is used to determine the air permeability of fabric totally automatically. With its wide measuring range, the air permeability tester is suitable for all kinds of knitted, woven, non-woven, and coated fabrics, paper, film, leather, etc. TESTEX Air Permeability Tester TF164 complies with standards GB/T5453, ISO 9237, ISO 9073:15 and etc.

Air permeability test equipment TF164 can also be used as the medical mask breathability tester, by measuring the differential pressure required to draw air through a measured surface area at a constant airflow rate, to test the air exchange pressure of the medical face mask material, which indicates the breathability performance of medical face masks(under improving, soon will be finished). We offer a competitive air permeability tester price, please feel free to contact us. And we will help you how to choose air permeability tester for textiles.




Test Heads: 20 cm², (optional: 5 cm², 25 cm², 38 cm², 50 cm², 100 cm²)
Test pressure: 10 ~ 2,500 Pa
Specimen thickness: 0 ~ 10 mm
Accuracy: < ± 2%
Calibration plate: 20cm², 200Pa Air permeability 296 l/m²/s
Units: mm/s, cfm, cm³/cm²/s, l/m²/s, l/dm²/min, mm³/m²/min, m³/m²/h and dm³/s


StandardsStandards GB/T5453, ISO 9237, ISO 9073:15, JIS L1096 Item8.26 Method C
BS 3424-16,BS 6F 100 3.13,NWSP 070.1.R0(15),GB/T 24218.15

Optional standards ASTM D737
Power220/110 V 50/60 Hz
Weight85 Kg
Dimensions400 mm * 920 mm * 990 mm

Features of Air Permeability Tester TF164

Automated & Fast testing

Place the test sample on the clamping head of this digital air permeability tester, set the test parameters on the software on the Samsung tablet paired with the instrument, and press the upper clamping arm, the system starts automatically, if needed, the system will automatically adjust the machine and transfer the nozzle, after a few seconds, the test results will be displayed on the screen and an excel report will be generated; the report can be sent to any network via WIFI connection.

Wide range of application
A long and sturdy clamping arm covers the large test bench, which can accommodate large samples and is suitable for testing different materials and finished garments; at the same time, there are 5 optional test heads to meet different testing needs.

 High-quality accessories for longer durability
Samsung PAD display, clear and intuitive, simple and practical keys. The medical-grade valves are to maintain the consistency of airflow and extend its service life. Besides, it can maintain the performance of the instrument.

Wide range of testable air pressure
The testable air pressure range of 10 ~ 2,500 Pa can meet the common fabric breathability testing requirements in the market.


Know More about Air Permeability Tests for Fabric

What is air permeability?

Air permeability refers to the permeability of gases to polymer materials such as films, coatings, and fabrics. The air permeability test is a test method for measuring the air permeability of textiles.

Air Permeability Test Principle

The air passes through the fabric vertically, then form a certain pressure difference in the front and back side of the fabric, Measure the volume of air flowing through the unit area of the fabric per unit of time under the certain pressure difference, then get the air permeability performance.

Air Permeability Test Value, Units, and Results

Air permeability, Individual specimens: Calculate the air permeability of individual specimens using values read directly from the test instrument in SI units as cm³/s/cm² and in inch-pound units as ft³/min/ft² of the unit of air permeability of fabric, rounded to three significant digits. The judgement of air permeability value will affect the results of fabric air permeability. When calculating air permeability test results, follow the manufacturer’s instructions as applicable.

The specific calculation formula:

  • Calculate the arithmetic mean of the individual readings and the coefficient of variation (to the nearest 0.1%), stating the 95% confidence interval.
  • Calculate the air permeability, R, expressed in millimetres per second, using the equation: R = Qv / A * 167


  • Qv: the arithmetic means flow rate of air, in cubic decimetres per minute (litres per minute).
  • A: the area of fabric under test, in square centimetres.
  • 167: the conversion factor from cubic decimetres (or litres) per minute per square centimetre to millimetres per second.
  • For open fabrics and nonwovens, the air permeability R may be expressed in metres per second using the equation R = Qv / A * 0.167

Express the 95% confidence interval in the units specified in the formula, rounding the result R obtained above to 2% of the value.

Why choose TESTEX  Air Permeability Tester TF164

Strictly meet standards

All data for the air permeability testing machine meet the standard parameters.

Consistency with international third-party laboratories

The test data are comparable to the test results obtained by well-known international third-party laboratories.

High repeatability

With the same set of samples, the same machine, and after multiple tests, the results are consistent.

High reproducibility

After testing the same set of samples, or different machines of the same model multiple times, the results are consistent.

Longer service life

Before production, TESTEX air permeability testers are subjected to a strict reliability test. This means testing under challenging environments such as high and low temperature, high speed and high load, etc. It ensures an expected serving life of over 10 years. Because of the long life, you can reduce the air permeability test cost.

User-friendly transparent warranty policy

Textile testing machines, 14 months free warranty (12 months normal warranty time + 2 months shipping time). And all spare parts, 3 months free warranty.


TESTEX is providing air permeability apparatuses for 42 countries worldwide, welcome to contact us for a quote and get the air permeability tester price.

TESTEX – founded in 2010, professional textile testing instrument supplier – Air Permeability Tester TF164 is on sale, for Air Permeability Tester TF164 Price, please contact us right now. We also provide other series of Air Permeability Testers.

11 reviews for Air Permeability Tester TF164

  1. slot gacor

    Everything is very open with a really clear description of the challenges.
    It was really informative. Your website is useful.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Daniel Homan

    cannot expect more from this air permeability tester

  3. Karl Taylor

    just designed for efficient air permeability testing, very good.

  4. Michaelia Guy

    The machine works perfectly. Will look to purchase from again when it’s time for more.

  5. Hayden Jane

    Not bad.

  6. Elvira Bloor

    Goods received with well package.Thanks manufacturer.

  7. Verna Elinor

    I use it for mask breathability testing ,the test results are accurate.Thx TESTEX.

  8. Orville Marlowe

    The Lab Mini-Dryer exactly is what I looking for,great!

  9. Hale Woolley

    The air permeability tester’s price is a little high for me, but in return, the machine shows the good performance beyond expectation.

  10. Michelle Romeo

    This air permeability tester of textile fabric has a good performance. Recommend to you all!

  11. Mindy

    tudo certo.

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Frazier air permeability test method (ASTM D737 testing) of textiles

1. The definition of Air permeability

What is the permeability of air? Air permeability is the volume of air passing a fabric under pressure. There are two types of air permeability testers for textiles, the Frazier air permeability tester and the Shirley air permeability tester. In ASTM D737 test method, we take the Frazier differential pressure air permeability tester as an example.

2. Test Objectives:

To determine the air permeability of textile fabrics by calculating the air permeability value.

3. Test Materials:

Woven, knitted, and non-woven textile materials. eg.  cotton.

4. Air Permeability Test Procedure:

4.1 The specimens must be adjusted to the standard atmosphere with  21 +/- 1°C (70 +/- 2°F) and 65 +/- 2 % relative humidity unless there is otherwise a specification of contract order.

4.2 Process the specimens carefully and prevent them from changing their natural state.

4.3 Place each specimen on the test head of the air permeability tester and control the test as per the operation manual.

4.4 At the conditioned water pressure, carry out tests according to the operation manual. In the absence of an operation manual, use water pressure of 125 Pa (12.7mm or 0.5 in. of water).

4.5 Read and record the test results. The air permeability units should be noted. Record the test results respectively in SI units as cm^3/s/cm^2 and in inch-pound units as ft^3/min/ft^2 rounded to three significant digits.

4.6 Take out the tested specimen and continue to test the next specimen until the ten specimens have been tested in accordance with the flow of 4.3-4.5.

4.7 In order to obtain a test result with high accuracy, the number of tests is at least four.

5. Air Permeability Calculation

Calculate the air permeability of every specimen by reading directly from the tester in SI units as cm^3/s/cm^2 and in inch-pound units as ft^3/min/ft^2, rounded to three significant digits. Please follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer when calculating air permeability.

Note-If air permeability test results are 600m (2000 ft) above the sea level, it needs correction factors.

6. Report

The data which is needed to report is as follows.

6.1 Report whether the air permeability is in accordance with Test Method D737.

6.2 Report the standard deviation and the variation factor while calculating.

6.3 The difference in pressure of fabric surfaces.

6.4 Report the model and the manufacturer of the air permeability test equipment.

The breathability of fabrics

The breathability of fabrics directly affects their comfort attribute. If the breathability of the fabric is extremely insufficient, it will be difficult to discharge heat and moisture, making people feel stuffy and uncomfortable. The main factors affecting the breathability of fabrics are as follows: geometric characteristics of fibers, yarn special number, yarn twist, fabric density, fabric thickness, and processing methods. For example, natural and man-made fibers have good moisture absorption, water permeability, and air permeability, but poor breathability.


1  In the test, do not touch the specimen, avoiding the effect on the air permeability of the specimen.

2 During the moving and transportation processes, collision and violent bumping are strictly prohibited.

3 Select the nozzle diameter according to the breathability of the specimen. If the breathability of the specimen is not clear, it is necessary to conduct several tests to make it more responsive to the specimen's breathability.

4 For specimens of different thicknesses, the position of the specimen indenter should be adjusted so that it can better tighten the specimen.

5 Instrument testing is related to air atmospheric pressure. Therefore, it is recommended to conduct a calibration every working day, which should be carried out by special personnel.

6 There are precision sensing elements in the air flow cylinder. Thus, the nozzle should be replaced and cleaned gently to prevent accidents from happening.

7 The air tightness of each seal connection directly affects the testing accuracy. So we should stop it from staining, deformation, and breakage.

8 The instrument accessories, such as the nozzle, nozzle holder and orifice plate, and specimen fixing ring, are directly related to the test accuracy. Therefore, we should not wipe them directly with a rag. If they are stained, the surface dust should be blown by an ear ball.

What important points should be paid attention to when measuring air permeability?

1 Calibration board must be used before each test (all boards should be checked). Mainly air circuit, liquid circuit, air leakage, liquid leakage, and position moving will cause an error to the air permeability tester.

2 The sample should be fixed at the intake hole naturally and smoothly. Usually, it does not need to distinguish between positive and negative, but if the positive and negative differences of structures (such as umbrella cloth, filter cloth, pile fabric) are big, air flow direction should be decided according to the actual use.

3 The caliber is selected in order of large to small to avoid the excess of liquid in the pressure gauge. The final selected caliber should be under the indication range of 15%~85%.

4 Moderate pressure regulation makes the pressure gauge slowly change from low value to constant pressure value. If the liquid level has exceeded the constant pressure value, it must be adjusted back to a lower pressure level and re-adjusted. The pressure has to be stable for a period of time and then can be read.

5 Make sure that the end of the pressure gauge passes through the atmosphere without clogging. Some instruments have covers and should be taken down when measuring.

6 There is a nonlinear relationship between the air permeability and the differential pressure of two sides of the fabric (constant pressure value). The air permeability under differential pressure can be compared according to the following formula:


The air permeability under the same differential pressure is converted, Q_M and Q_N of which are the air permeability under the constant pressure value of ∆P_M and ∆P_N, and the B is determined by the fabric category and ∆P_N.

7 Different countries have different air permeability units of measurement. Therefore, please pay more attention to the air permeability unit conversion. If you need to convert 1/ dm^2/min to m^3/ m^2/ minor convert l/ dm^2/ min to l/ m^2/ s, here is the air permeability conversion chart as follows for your reference.

Please contact us if you want to know the air permeability tester price or download a free ASTM D737 test for permeability PDF.

Air PermeabilityTest Method

The test method of air permeability mainly includes two kinds, respectively, measuring pressure differences by fixed flow and measuring flow by fixed pressure differences. The fabric air permeability test mainly uses the second one.

1. Measuring pressure differences by fixed flow: After the specimen is clamped, adjust the airflow, to make sure the airflow through the specimen vertically stabilizes at a constant flow rate, and then test the pressure differences between the two sides of the specimen under the conditions, and then calculate the airflow resistance and other parameters.

2. Measuring flow by fixed pressure differences:

After the specimen is clamped, adjust the pressure to form constant pressure differences between the two sides of the specimen, and calculate the air permeability of the specimen by measuring the airflow through a given area of the specimen vertically within a certain time.


3.Testing Process( Measuring flow by fixed pressure differences)

(1) Cut 10 pieces of 12 cm diameter specimens from the surface of the fabric sample.

(2) Clamp the cut specimen pieces to the air permeability tester.

(3) Adjust the pressure control valve to adjust the pressure differences between the two sides of the specimen. When the pressure differences between the two sides of the specimen reach the set value, the test stops, and the equipment automatically displays the airflow through the specimen under the set pressure difference.

(4) Repeat steps (2) and (3) until all 10 specimens have been tested.

  1. Notes

The measuring range of differential pressure is 0 ~ 1 KPa, and the measuring range of flow rate is 0 ~ 1800 L/h.

Two measurement methods are available for users to choose freely.


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    Q: What's the air permeability of fabric?

    A: The fabric air permeability is to measure the volumn of air flow through it. The ease or passage of air plays an important role in end uses of many fabrics, such as industrial filters, tents, sailcloths, parachutes, raincoat materials, shirtings, downproof fabrics and airbags.

    Air permeability refers to the volume of air per ml which passes the fabric at a speed of 1s or 10s/mm^2 in a pressure difference of 10mm water head.


    Q: How to test the air permeability of fabric?

    A: In British standard test, the volume of airflow through a specified area is measured at a certain pressure across the fabric with 10mm water head. Test sample is clamped over the inlet of device with rubber gaskets, and air is sucked through it by pumps, which is shown in Fig.A. The air valve is adjusted to exert pressure on air going through fabric of 10mm water head, then a flow meter is used to measure airflow.air permeability test

    Fig(A) : The air permeability test (click here for more)


    Q: What is the unit of air permeability of fabric?

    A: The formula is as follows:
    K (gas) = Q / (ΔP × A)
    Where: K( gas) - air permeability, m ^ 3 / m ^ 2 · KPa · h;
    Q - gas flow, m ^ 3 / h;
    ΔP - gas through the porous material produced by the pressure drop, KPa;
    A - area of the sample's test area, m ^ 2





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