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The softness of alpaca fibres

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posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by Xungai Wang, Lijing Wang, Xin LiuXin Liu, Huimin Wang
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.

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Event

Australian Alpaca Industry National Conference

Pagination

71 - 75

Publisher

Australian Alpaca Association

Location

Tasmania, Australia

Place of publication

Mitcham, Vic.

Start date

2004-08-20

End date

2004-08-22

Language

eng

Publication classification

E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

Copyright notice

2004, Australian Alpaca Association

Title of proceedings

Growth with Diversity : Australian Alpaca Association National Conference : Proceedings

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