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An Empirical Study on Air Force Mechanic Parka to Improve the Functionality

공군 정비파카의 기능성 개선을 위한 실태조사

  • Lee, Sung-Ji (Dept. of Clothing & Textiles, Seoul National University) ;
  • Nam, Yun-Ja (Dept. of Clothing & Textiles/Research Institute of Human Ecology, Seoul National University) ;
  • Choi, Hee-Eun (Dept. of Clothing & Textiles, Seoul National University) ;
  • Cho, Young-Lim (Research Institute of Human Ecology, Seoul National University)
  • 이성지 (서울대학교 의류학과) ;
  • 남윤자 (서울대학교 의류학과/생활과학연구소) ;
  • 최희은 (서울대학교 의류학과) ;
  • 최영림 (서울대학교 생활과학연구소)
  • Received : 2011.03.25
  • Accepted : 2011.05.02
  • Published : 2011.10.31

Abstract

This study is designed to understand current wearing conditions of air force mechanic parkas and evaluate their functionality by examining the wearing conditions and wearers' subjective assessment. By doing so, it also intends to identify issues that require improvements; and to provide basic data for future development of air force mechanic parkas. A survey was conducted as a study methodology, and the collected 1,628 questionnaires were analyzed. Findings of this study are as follows. 1. In the usability assessment, it was found that visibility of body sides was needed to be enhanced since reflective tapes were attached only to the front and back of the body; pockets were too big, but not convenient to keep mechanic tools; the design of hiding hood was not suitable for water-proof clothing; and a new design of size-controllable hood was called for since the hood blocked eye sight. With respect to the fabric, dissatisfaction was identified with durability, cold-proof and fire-proof features. 2. In the mobility assessment, respondents showed low satisfaction with collar heights and neck girths. Mobility score was over moderate level on average, except the parka length that obstructs wearers' movement, and neck and collar size. 3. In the wearability assessment, respondents presented moderate satisfaction with pleasantness, weight, pressure and dampness. However, insulation was found unsatisfactory. Based on the result, this study proposed improvement plans on design, pattern and fabric; and is expected to serve as basic data for developing more effective and functional air force mechanic parkas.

Acknowledgement

Grant : 맞춤양산형 섬유제품 PLM 시스템 개발

Supported by : 지식경제부

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