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Distributional Changes in Cotton Fiber Length During Processing

Xiaoliang Cui, Timothy A. Calamari, Jr., Kearny Q. Robert and John B. Price


Cotton fiber length changes after each processing stage because of a) fiber breakage, b) removal of fiber crimps, c) unrecovered displacement from extension, d) lost of fibers, and so on. Monitoring the fiber length change is vitally important to optimize processing and to improve product quality. An AFIS (Advanced Fiber Information System) was employed to investigate fiber length changes. The AFIS measures the length, fineness etc. of each individual fiber, and provides their distributions. A total of 36 varieties of U.S. upland cotton were processed. Our test results showed that most fiber damage occurred during carding. The mean length was reduced by 0.03 inch on the average for the 36 cotton samples, with a maximum reduction of 0.09 inch. The correlations between length reduction and other fiber properties (AFIS length, length variation, fineness, maturity, HVI length, length uniformity, strength and Micronaire) were analyzed. Although the fibers with weaker strength, longer length, and higher variation seemed to suffer more damage, the correlation coefficients were too low to be statistically significant.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1998 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pg. 1513
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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