Design of equipment for sail cloth life cycle assessment
This study aimed to develop equipment to sail cloth life cycle assessment. Analytical screenings of testing sample were carried out using FTIR (Fourier Transform InfraRed), SEM (Scanning electron microscope-desktop) and VIVID 9i (3d laser scanner). The comparison between virgin and discarded materials was used to validate the test results. A wind tunnel prototype was built to assess fabric stretch. The test results showed a difference in curvature between both materials. In addition to this analysis, the SEM images revealed that when the threads are stretched they tend to form a pocket, which may have a negative effect on sailing performance. However, discarded materials can be used on boats for nautical sports training or recreational activities. These results can be useful in the design of products for material life cycle assessment and their application in sailing and related fields.