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A CREATION of new methodology for the analysis of the influence of textiles on human beings


The objectives of this project are: creation and verification of a complex way of analysing the effects of textiles on human organisms, the comfort in those textiles and perception of those textile by humans as well as a classification of textiles (creation of hierarchical system of textiles) in respect of their influence on human organism. The underlying concept of the research is based on the development of a methodology concerning physiological (respiratory, circulatory), subjective hand measurement - perceiving of textiles, objective hand measurement (Total Hand Value (THV)), and finally creation of a “reaction to textiles” model. The methodology will be based on physical test in volunteers wearing different textiles (an interactive and a traditional one as reference point), psychological reactions on those textiles and objective laboratory methodology measuring a hand of textiles. The final phase consists of creating a sensorial process modelling based on stimulation of humans by textiles. The objectives will be achieved through multidisciplinary research of textile engineers, physiologists, neurologists, and statisticians. Using volunteers in laboratory testing will enable the analysis of the influence of different textiles on human physiological parameters. The tests on textile sets of garments concern the physical measurements of the fabrics, e.g. liquid permeability, air permeability, thermal resistance, THV according to the Kawabata System. This project is tailored in order for the Fellow to reach well – defined objectives in terms of career advancement. The schedule and the framework of a main research concept is a complement of the training activities and a Personal Career Development Plan, which head for a development of the scientific skills and knowledge of the Fellow and support of a Fellow at present stage of her career, an enhancement of her competence diversification in terms of new skills acquisition at multidisciplinary level.

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)
EU contribution
€ 160 100