PhD Studentship – Developing a sizing methodology for women’s sports compression garments

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Project Description

This project will look to develop sizing systems suitable for sports compression garments.

Sports compression garments (SCGs) are skin-tight, elastic garments that are designed to apply pressure to the underlying body with the aim to improve exercise performance and recovery. In order for SCGs to function, pressure delivery needs to be controlled and consistent across individuals. This can only be achieved through adequate garment fit.

Our research has shown that existing commercial sizing approaches do not result in adequate garment fit and uniform pressure delivery across individuals. This PhD project would focus on further developing this research by analysing existing sizing methodologies and their fit for active women across a range of body shapes and sizes. Through experimentation and statistical analysis, this interdisciplinary research project would seek to identify key body measurements affecting pressure delivery and establish guidelines for the grading of SCGs to suit a population.

With currently no published research on sizing of SCGs, the overall aim of this research project would be to develop a methodology that enables the creation of size charts for ready-to-wear whole-body women’s SCGs with consistent pressure delivery across and within size categories.

Applicants should hold or realistically expect to obtain at least an Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant subject, such as Garment/Fashion Technology, Textile Technology, Industrial Design or (Sports) Engineering. Applicants should have a demonstrable interest in interdisciplinary research and innovation. Due to the nature of the research, the ideal candidate would be familiar with garment construction and related technologies and have an aptitude for statistical analysis.

The candidate would work closely with the Apparel Design Engineering research group and explore industry collaborations as part of the PhD.

Please get in touch to further discuss this project and/or explore potential funding opportunities.

Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honours degree in…
Garment/Fashion Technology, Textile Technology, Industrial Design or (Sports) Engineering or other related subjects.

The proposed start date is September 2019, and the PhD duration is 3 years.