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Swedish university develops instrument to assess fibres

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Sep '18
Swedish university develops instrument to assess fibres
Scientists at the University of Borås in Sweden have developed a new instrument to analyse fibres. The new instrument, Fibrotest, allows better measurement of length and tensile properties of fibres. Fibre analysis is improved for both research and education. The overall aim of analysing fibres is to spin them into thread, while they can also be reused.

The research has been led by Nawar Kadi, professor of textile technology. Staple fibres are fibres with the necessary length and properties so that, through a spinning process, a yarn can be formed. With the new instrument, length and tensile properties are better assessed.

Kadi said, "Fibre lengths vary a lot and many samples are required to create statistically reliable data. With the new instrument 'Fibrotest', the data become reliable. The instrument will also be used for educational purposes."

"It is important to assess their quality and the ability to spin with them, especially for cellulose fibres. It is also important to be able to assess the decomposition of fibres during a mechanical recovery process,” he said.

At present, the fibre measurements are manually done with tweezers, rulers, good eyes and a lot of patience which is sometimes impossible, he said.

The instrument has been partly funded by Sparbanksstiftelsen Sjuhärad. (SV)

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