Thesis Details


Thesis Title: Optimizing Comfort and Functional Performance of Form-fitted Athletic Wear
Thesis Author: Michael E. Williams, Jr.
Abstract: The objective of this research project was to establish criteria for the evaluation and optimization of the next generation of form-fitted athletic apparel. The methodology incorporated the use of the CSIRO Fabric Assurance by Simple Testing (FAST) to obtain objective textile testing of the mechanical properties of form-fitted garments. Moisture management properties of the garments were tested using the Moisture Management Tester (MMT) with the assistance of SDL Atlas. The objective measurements were compiled to develop a matrix for predicting subjective comfort responses. This research investigated the fibers and subsequently the fabrics used for form-fitted athletic wear and the bodys psycho-physiological demands and response to these garments. 3D body scanning technology was applied to ensure proper fitting of the garments tested in the human wear trials. The human wear trials were conducted as a means of evaluating the performance of the garments in the three dimensional realm. Subjective and objective measurements from the wear trials were implemented in the research to determine actual variations in garment performances, and also the human physiology and sensory perception of comfort. The results of the objective measurements and subjective evaluations were compared to confirm the practicality and effectiveness of the testing methodology. The methodology proved to effectively identify the critical parameters influencing subjective comfort responses. The analysis of the objective and subjective results can provide insight for the prospective optimization of form-fitted athletic wear.