Title page for ETD etd-03172010-020357
|Type of Document
||Maher, Theresa Anne
||Development of a transducer for detecting pressure load between a garment and the body
||Master of Science
||Clothing and Textiles
|Boles, Joann Ferguson
|Cloud, Rinn M.
|Minish, Roberta M.
|Norton, Marjorie J. T.
|Date of Defense
Garment pressure and its relation to the body is
important in the fit and function of clothing. The purpose
of this study was to develop and test a transducer to
measure the perpendicular pressure between a garment
(brassiere) and the underlying skin of the shoulders, breast
and back. A transducer was developed through
experimentation based on the principles of the Natick lab
pneumatic bladders. The transducer was connected to a system
which assisted in data collection.
This study revealed that it is possible to develop an
inexpensive transducer that is reliable for data collection.
The ability to evaluate garments in an objective manner
could be combined with the subjective analysis of a model
wearing a test garment. The analysis could provide
information for redesigning a garment that is both
functional and comfortable.
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