Clothing Biosensory Engineering


  • Yan Li, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • A S W Wong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Human sensory perception of clothing involves a series of complex interactive processes, including physical responses to external stimuli, neurophysiological processes for decoding stimuli through the biosensory and nervous systems inside the body, neural responses to psychological sensations, and psychological processes for formulating preferences and making adaptive feedback reactions.

Clothing biosensory engineering is a systematic and integrative way of translating consumers’ biological and sensory responses, and psychological feelings and preferences about clothing, into the perceptual elements of design. It is a link between scientific experimentation and commercial application to develop economic solutions to practical technical problems.

Clothing biosensory engineering quantifies the decision-making processes through which physics, mathematics, neurophysiological and engineering techniques are applied to optimally convert resources to meet various sensory requirements - visual/thermal/mechanical. It includes theoretical and experimental observations, computer simulations, test methods, illustrations and examples of actual product development.
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Textile scientists; Technologists; Engineers and those designing and manufacturing textiles; Academics and researchers in the textile field


Book information

  • Published: April 2006
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-85573-925-3

Table of Contents

Introduction to clothing biosensory engineering; Psychology and sensory comfort; Neurophysiology and sensory comfort; Physiology of sensory comfort; Physics of thermal comfort; Thermal and moisture sensations; Tactile sensation; Dimensions of sensory comfort perceptions; Overall comfort perception and preferences; Prediction of clothing sensory comfort; Thermal functions; Water vapour transfer; Moisture transfer; Coupled heat and moisture transfer; Air permeability; Mechanical tactile comfort; In-vivo physiological measurements; Application of clothing biosensory engineering; Thermal sensory engineering design; Mechanical sensory engineering design of textile and apparel products; Sensory comfort of denim product; Sensory comfort of tennis wear; Sensory comfort of aerobic wear.