Development of a Comfort Measurement Matrix

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. William Oxenham, Committee Chair en_US Burchett, Melissa Maud en_US 2010-04-02T17:53:47Z 2010-04-02T17:53:47Z 2008-04-26 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-03192007-100407 en_US
dc.description.abstract Comfort has been shown to be a key determinant in textile product sales, yet as a concept, it is elusive. Comfort is comprised of a series of interactions with the human body and its environment. Comfort thus varies by end-use and the individual whims of the wearer or user. In order to study comfort, efforts were begun with fabric hand. The Kawabata Evaluation System (KES-F) is known as the most complete method of evaluation for fabric hand and comfort characteristics, however, the breadth of information, time, and expense involved in this system has rendered it obsolete for use by the US textile industry, especially within the manufacturing environment. The current research is thus focused on the development of a more simplistic objective test method, and one that is suited to the needs of the industry. Two methods were identified for use in this research as potential alternatives to KES-F. These are the CSIRO Fabric Assurance by Simple Testing (FAST) and a Ring Pull-Through method. Trials were run on six fabric types, all six of which displayed variations in finishing treatments. Results from the two objective methods were compared to rankings from a subjective fabric hand evaluation, conducted in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. The results suggested that the Ring Pull-Through method was able to discriminate between styles of a fabric type at a similar resolution to that of subjective evaluations. Additionally, multiple regression models for all test data showed the strongest correlations between subjective preference data and FAST-3 extension variables. Ring Pull-Through peak load and area values also showed strong negative correlations with FAST-3 extension ratings, indicating the combined use of the Ring Pull-Through device and an extension test as a promising predictor of subjective comfort preferences. en_US
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dc.subject Ring Pull-Through en_US
dc.subject comfort en_US
dc.subject fabric hand en_US
dc.subject fabric handle en_US
dc.subject objective measurement en_US
dc.subject Fabric Assurance by Simple Testing (FAST) en_US
dc.title Development of a Comfort Measurement Matrix en_US MS en_US thesis en_US Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management en_US

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