Measurement of fabric drape using a modified drapemeter
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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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