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Impact Protection

Susan M. Watkins and Lucy E. Dunne

Source: Functional Clothing Design. From Sportswear to Spacesuits, 2015, Fairchild Books Library

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Dictionary definitions of impact use the phrases, “a striking together” or “violent contact.” The word collision is often used as a synonym. These definitions refer to only one type of impact—one due to compressive forces. Actually, three actions result from the application of forces on impact: tension, shear, and compression. Each application of force places different stresses on an object. Figure 6.2 shows what happens when force is applied to the opposite ends of a body made of a pliable mater

Enhancing and Augmenting Body Functions

Susan M. Watkins and Lucy E. Dunne

Source: Functional Clothing Design. From Sportswear to Spacesuits, 2015, Fairchild Books Library

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A garment is perceived by both its wearer and others. The quality of this perception—whether the garment is comfortable or uncomfortable, attention grabbing or unnoticeable—depends on designers’ choices with respect to the design elements that stimulate the senses.

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