Computer technology has transformed textiles from their design through to their manufacture and has contributed to significant advances in the textile industry. Computer technology for textiles and apparel provides an overview of these innovative developments for a wide range of applications, covering topics including structure and defect analysis, modelling and simulation, and apparel design.

The book is divided into three parts. Part one provides a review of different computer-based technologies suitable for textile materials, and includes chapters on computer technology for yarn and fabric structure analysis, defect analysis and measurement. Chapters in part two discuss modelling and simulation principles of fibres, yarns, textiles and garments, while part three concludes with a review of computer-based technologies specific to apparel and apparel design, with themes ranging from 3D body scanning to the teaching of computer-aided design to fashion students.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, Computer technology for textiles and apparel is an invaluable tool for a wide range of people involved in the textile industry, from designers and manufacturers to fibre scientists and quality inspectors.

Key Features

  • Provides an overview of innovative developments in computer technology for a wide range of applications
  • Covers structure and defect analysis, modelling and simulation and apparel design
  • Themes range from 3D body scanning to the teaching of computer-aided design to fashion students


People involved in the textile industry, from designers and manufacturers to fiber scientists and quality inspectors.

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Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles


Part I: Computer-based technology for textile materials

Chapter 1: Digital technology for yarn structure and appearance analysis


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Measurement of yarn evenness

1.3 Analysis of yarn hairiness

1.4 Measurement of yarn twist

1.5 Recognition of yarn snarl

1.6 Analysis of yarn blend

1.7 Grading of yarn appearance

1.8 Future trends

1.9 Conclusions

1.10 Acknowledgement

Chapter 2: Digital-based technology for fabric structure analysis


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Background and literature review

2.3 The digital system for weave pattern recognition

2.4 Theoretical background for weave pattern analysis

2.5 Methodology for active grid model (AGM) construction and weave pattern extraction

2.6 Conclusions

Chapter 3: Computer vision-based fabric defect analysis and measurement


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Fabric inspection for quality assurance

3.3 Fabric defect detection methods

3.4 Fabric defect classification

3.5 Fabric properties and color measurement using image analysis

3.6 Conclusions and future trends

3.7 Acknowledgments

Part II: Modelling and simulation of textiles and garments

Chapter 4: Key techniques for 3D garment design


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Sketch-based garment design

4.3 Surface flattening for virtual garments

4.4 Online garment-shopping system: problems and solutions

4.5 Challenges and future trends

4.6 Sources of further information

Chapter 5: Modelling and simulation of fibrous yarn materials


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Modelling and simulation of yarns

5.3 Weave modelling<


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