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The softness of alpaca fibres

Wang, Xungai, Wang, Lijing, Liu, Xin and Wang, Huimin 2004, The softness of alpaca fibres, in Growth with Diversity : Australian Alpaca Association National Conference : Proceedings, Australian Alpaca Association, Mitcham, Vic., pp. 71-75.

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Title The softness of alpaca fibres
Author(s) Wang, Xungai
Wang, Lijing
Liu, Xin
Wang, Huimin
Conference name Australian Alpaca Industry National Conference
Conference location Tasmania, Australia
Conference dates 20-22 August 2004
Title of proceedings Growth with Diversity : Australian Alpaca Association National Conference : Proceedings
Publication date 2004
Start page 71
End page 75
Publisher Australian Alpaca Association
Place of publication Mitcham, Vic.
Summary Softness is a unique selling point for luxury fibres such as alpaca. However, there is very little objective data on the softness of animal fibres. This study first establishes that the resistance to compression (RtC) behaviour of alpaca and wool fibres is quite different, and that the RtC method can not be used to examine the softness of different animal fibres. It then reports a new method for evaluating fibre softness. This method is based on the measurement of the force required to pull a fibre bundle through a series of parallel pins. This force, reflecting the combined effect of fibre surface properties, fibre diameter and rigidity, can achieve reasonable discrimination between fibres of varying levels of softness, such as alpaca and wool. Mechanisms responsible for the superior softness of alpaca fibres are discussed also.
Language eng
Field of Research 091012 Textile Technology
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30014161

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