Title page for ETD etd-02132009-172703

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Herbert, Sara L.
URN etd-02132009-172703
Title Measurement of fabric drape using a modified drapemeter
Degree Master of Science
Department Clothing and Textiles
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Moore, Carolyn L. Committee Chair
Cloud, Rinn M. Committee Member
Lentner, Marvin M. Committee Member
Reinholtz, Charles F. Committee Member
  • Textile fabrics
Date of Defense 1993-06-05
Availability restricted
The original goal of this research was to produce a user friendly program that could simulate fabric drape on a manikin through computer graphics. This graphics program operates with a data base of fabric properties in order to create draped fabric shapes for a variety of fabrics as they would form a garment on the human body (Dhande, Rao, Tavakkoli, and Moore, 1993).

A modification of the Fabric Research Laboratories (FRL) Drapemeter was developed with interchangeable pedestals and platform disks in order to investigate the effects of drape overhang length and different platform shapes and radii of edges on the node counts and drape values of two medium weight woven apparel fabrics and to provide a means for collecting data needed for the graphics program. Specimens were cut from two medium weight fabrics into circles with 10, 14, and 18 inch diameters and ovals with lOX 11 and 18 X 19 inch diameters. Statistical analysis indicated that the modified drapemeter measures fabric drape as accurately as the FRL drapemeter; therefore, the modified drapemeter was found to be reliable for measuring drape. ANOVA factorial analysis revealed that pedestal height can be altered without concern for precision in drape measurement. Drape coefficients were found to be significantly affected by fabric drape overhang length. Statistical analysis also indicated a significant relationship between platform shapes and drape coefficients. Drape coefficients for platform edge radii were found to be significantly different but without a linear relationship.

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