Adapting ultrasonic assisted wool scouring for industrial application

Li,Q, Ding,C, Yu,H, Hurren,CJ and Wang,X 2014, Adapting ultrasonic assisted wool scouring for industrial application, Textile Research Journal, vol. 84, no. 11, pp. 1183-1190, doi: 10.1177/0040517512474365.

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Title Adapting ultrasonic assisted wool scouring for industrial application
Author(s) Li,Q
Hurren,CJORCID iD for Hurren,CJ
Wang,XORCID iD for Wang,X
Journal name Textile Research Journal
Volume number 84
Issue number 11
Start page 1183
End page 1190
Total pages 8
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publication date 2014
ISSN 0040-5175
Keyword(s) industry
wool scouring
Science & Technology
Materials Science, Textiles
Materials Science
Summary Scouring is the first stage of wool processing and is essential for determining the quality of fiber. Traditional aqueous scouring is a method that emulsifies and removes contaminants (such as wool grease, suint, and dirt) from the fiber surface; however, it promotes wool felting and is energy and water intensive. This study has shown that modification of the traditional wool scouring line by introducing an ultrasonic device could be a viable alternative for the wool scouring industry. A standard six-bath wool scouring line was retrofitted with two ultrasonic panels working at 80 kHz in bath 2. Scouring was carried out in three modes: conventional mode without the transport rake, ultrasonic mode without the transport rake, and conventional mode with the transport rake. Fiber samples after scouring were measured for color index, residual grease content, and residual ash content. Ultrasonic scouring was found to improve removal of grease and ash from the wool fiber. Modifications were proposed for the design of an industrial scouring line including the addition of fiber transport and dunking rollers and number of baths for the installation. © The Author(s) 2014.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0040517512474365
Field of Research 091012 Textile Technology
Socio Economic Objective 860407 Wool Scouring and Top Making
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID LP0989820
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