Dehairing Australian alpaca fibres with a cashmere dehairing machine

Wang, Lijing, Singh, Avtar and Wang, Xungai 2008, Dehairing Australian alpaca fibres with a cashmere dehairing machine, Journal of the Textile Institute, vol. 99, no. 6, pp. 539-544.


Title Dehairing Australian alpaca fibres with a cashmere dehairing machine
Author(s) Wang, Lijing
Singh, Avtar
Wang, Xungai
Journal name Journal of the Textile Institute
Volume number 99
Issue number 6
Start page 539
End page 544
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Manchester, England
Publication date 2008-12
ISSN 0040-5000
1754-2340
Keyword(s) alpaca
dehairing
fibre diameter
fibre damage
dehairing effectiveness
fibre science
Summary Many classes of alpaca fibres contain a certain amount of coarse fibres, which are strong and stiff, and cause discomfort to the end users of the alpaca fibre products. It is therefore desirable to separate the coarse fibres from the fine alpaca fibres. This paper reports trial results on alpaca dehairing using a cashmere dehairing machine. The diameters of alpaca fleece, dehaired alpaca fibres and removed alpaca fibres were analysed, and the fibre lengths before and after dehairing have been compared. The results indicate that it is feasible to dehair alpaca fibres using a cashmere dehairing facility. The dehaired alpaca fibres are cleaner, bulkier and softer, with around 1.5 μm reduction in average fibre diameter, but the dehairing process shortens the dehaired fibre length considerably. The dehairing effectiveness of coarse fibre removal using the cashmere dehairing technology has also been discussed in this paper.
Language eng
Field of Research 091012 Textile Technology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, The Textile Institute
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017535

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Material and Fibre Innovation
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