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steam and hot water
protective clothing
design process
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Yu, Sihong
Supervisor and department
Strickfaden, Megan (Human Ecology)
Examining committee member and department
Lederer, Robert (Art and Design)
Crown, Betty (Human Ecology)
McQueen, Rachel (Human Ecology)
Blinova, Vlada (Human Ecology)
Department of Human Ecology
Textiles and Clothing
Date accepted
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Master of Science
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People working in the western Canadian oil industry are often exposed to adverse working conditions, extreme environments and hazardous equipment. With a focus on functional clothing design, this study aimed at investigating, specifying and developing improved garment systems for workers in the oil industry. A seven-step functional apparel design process was applied as the conceptual framework and a multi-method approach was taken including analysis of photographic documentation, focus group research, precedent garment observations, interviews and wear trials. Full-scale fabric prototypes were developed by a local manufacturer and evaluated with oil industry workers, upon which recommendations were also provided. This study adds to existing literature within the design studies academy in the specialized area of functional apparel design while providing recommendations for practical merits for oil industry workers and safety supervisors, protective clothing manufacturers and standards development (e.g., CGSB, ASTM).
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Citation for previous publication
Yu, S., Glasper, M., Strickfaden, M., Crown, E., & McQueen, R. (2011). Methodology for using precedent-based clothing design. 68th International Textiles & Apparel Association Conference Proceedings. Philadelphia, USA.Yu, S., Strickfaden, M., & Crown, E. (2012). Workwear for protection from steam and hot water: The design process and mock-up development. In Littrell, M. (Eds.), Fashion Dialogue 2012 ITAA-BIFT Joint Symposium Research and Teaching Papers (pp. 142-147). Beijing, China: China Textile Press.Yu, S., Strickfaden, M., Crown, E., & Olsen, S. (2012b). Garment specification & mock-ups for protection from steam and hot water. In Shepherd, A. (Eds.), Performance of Protective Clothing and Equipment: Emerging Issues and Technologies, 9th Volume, ASTM STP 1544 (pp.290-307). West Conshohocken, PA: ASTM International.

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