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ASTM D276-00a(2008)

ASTM D276-00a(2008)

Standard Test Methods for Identification of Fibers in Textiles

2012-03-14 /Historical
Superseeded by:
Significance and Use:

These test methods are a generally reliable means of identifying the generic types of fibers present in a sample of textile material of unknown composition. The methods are generally not useful for distinguishing fibers of the same generic class from different manufacturers or for distinguishing different fiber types of the same generic class from one producer.

Many fibers are chemically modified by their producers in various ways so as to alter their properties. It is possible for such modifications to interfere seriously with the analyses used in these test methods. Considerable experience and diligence of the analyst may be necessary to resolve satisfactorily these difficulties.

Dyes, lubricants, and delustrants are not present normally in amounts large enough to interfere with the analyses.

These test methods are not recommended for acceptance testing of commercial shipments because of the qualitative nature of the results and because of the limitations previously noted.

Note 2—For statements on precision and bias of the standard quantitative test methods for determining physical properties for confirmation of fiber identification refer to the cited test method. The precision and bias of the nonstandard quantitative test methods described are strongly influenced by the skill of the operator. The limited use of the test methods for qualitative identification cannot justify the effort that would be necessary to determine the precision and bias of the techniques.


1.1 These test methods cover the identification of the following textile fibers used commercially in the United States:

Acetate (secondary)Nylon
Acrylic Nytril
Anidex Olefin
Aramid Polycarbonate
Cotton Ramie
Cuprammonium rayonRayon (viscose)
Flax Saran
Glass Spandex
Hemp Triacetate
Jute Vinal

1.2 Man-made fibers are listed in 1.1 under the generic names approved by the Federal Trade Commission and listed in Terminology D 123, Annex A1 (except for fluorocarbon and polycarbonate). Many of the generic classes of man-made fibers are produced by several manufacturers and sold under various trademark names as follows (Note 1):

Acetate Acele®, Aviscon®, Celanese®, Chromspun®, Estron®
Acrylic Acrilan®, Courtelle®, Creslan®, Dralon®, Orlon®, Zefran®
Anidex Anim/8®
Aramid Arenka®, Conex®, Kevlar®, Nomex®, Twaron®
Glass Fiberglas®, Garan®, Modiglass®, PPG®, Ultrastrand®
Lyocell Tencel®
ModacrylicDynel®, Kanecaron®, Monsanto SEF®, Verel®
(Nylon) 6Caprolan®,Enka®, Perlon®, Zefran®, Enkalon®
(Nylon) 6, 6Antron®, Blue C®, Cantrece®, Celanese Phillips®, Enka®Nylon
(Nylon) (other)Rilsan®(nylon 11), Qiana®, StanylEnka®,(Nylon 4,6)
Nytril Darvan®
Olefin Durel®, Herculon®, Marvess®, Polycrest®
PolyesterAvlin®, Beaunit®, Blue C®, Dacron®, Encron®, Fortrel®, Kodel®, Quintess®, Spectran®, Trevira®, Vyoron®, Zephran®, Diolen®, Vectran®
Rayon Avril®, Avisco®, Dynacor®, Enka®, Fiber 700®, Fibro®, Nupron®, Rayflex®, Suprenka®, Tyrex®, Tyron®, Cordenka®
Saran Enjay®, Saran®
Spandex Glospun®, Lycra®, Numa®, Unel®
Vinyon Avisco®, Clevyl®, Rhovyl®, Thermovyl®, Volpex®

Note 1—The list of trademarks in 1.2 does not include all brands produced in the United States or abroad and imported for sale in the United States. The list does not include examples of fibers from two (or more) generic classes of polymers spun into a single filament. Additional information on fiber types and trademarks is given in References (1, 2, and 3).

1.3 Most manufacturers offer a variety of fiber types of a specific generic class. Differences in tenacity, linear density, bulkiness, or the presence of inert delustrants normally do not interfere with analytic tests, but chemical modifications (for such purposes as increased dyeability with certain dyestuffs) may affect the infrared spectra and some of the physical properties, particularly the melting point. Many generic classes of fibers are sold with a variety of cross-section shapes designed for specific purposes. These differences will be evident upon microscopical examination of the fiber and may interfere with the measurements of refractive indices and birefringence.

1.4 Microscopical examination is indispensable for positive identification of the several types of cellulosic and animal fibers, because the infrared spectra and solubilities will not distinguish between species. Procedures for microscopic identification are published in AATCC Method 20 and in References (4-12).

1.5 Analyses by infrared spectroscopy and solubility relationships are the preferred methods for identifying man-made fibers. The analysis scheme based on solubility is very reliable. The infrared technique is a useful adjunct to the solubility test method. The other methods, especially microscopical examination are generally not suitable for positive identification of most man-made fibers and are useful primarily to support solubility and infrared spectra identifications.

1.6 This includes the following sections:

Referenced Documents2
by difference of refractive indices
34, 35
Infrared Spectroscopy, Fiber Identification by17-23
Melting Point28-33
Microscopical Examination, Fiber Identification by 9,10
Reference Standards7
Sampling, Selection, Preparation and Number of Specimens6
Solubility Relationships, Fiber Identification Using 11-16
Summary of Test Methods4
Significant and Use5

1.7 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. See Note 3.

9.1 As previously mentioned this test method is useful for identification of various cellulosic and animal fibers and to distinguish man-made fibers form the cellulosic and animal fibers. Examine and observe the fiber characteristics as directed in the AATCC test method 20.

11.1 This test method covers the identification of fibers by determining their solubility or insolubility in various reagents and comparing these data to the known solubilities of the several generic classes of fibers. Other techniques (such as, microscopical examination or comparison of physical properties) are used to confirm the identification or to distinguish between those fiber classes (anidex, aramid, asbestos, fluorocarbon, glass, and novoloid) which are not dissolved by any of the reagents used in this scheme.

17.1 This test method covers identification of fibers by interpretation of an absorption spectrum from infrared spectrophotometric analysis of the homogenous specimen obtained by one of three techniques: potassium bromide (KBr) disk, film, or internal reflection spectroscopy.

Note 5—The internal reflection spectroscopy technique is more difficult to use satisfactorily than the KBr disk or film techniques and it is not recommended for use except by an operator experienced in the technique.

24.1 Fiber density is measured by density-gradient column method. Determine density by the density-gradient column, pycnometer, and a technique based on Archimedes' principle as directed in the AATCC Test Method 20.

28.1 This test method allows determining the temperature at which the material begins to lose its shape or form and becomes molten or liquefies. Allowing material to reach its melting point results in permanent fiber change.

34.1 Refractive indices and birefringence are measured by Difference of Refractive Indices test method. Determine the refractive indices for plane-polarized light parallel to and perpendicular to the fiber length within 0.001, in accordance with AATCC Test Method 20.

34.2 Calculate the birefringence using Eq:

Δn= birefringence,
ε= refractive index parallel to fiber axis, and
ω= refractive index perpendicular to fiber axis.

Animal fibers; Animal hair; Archimedes method; Bast and leaf fibers/products; Birefringence; Cotton fabrics/fibers; Fiber analysis--textiles; Fiber density; Fisher-Johns apparatus; Identification; Infrared (IR) analysis; Infrared spectroscopy; Man-made textile fibers; Melting point; Microscopic examination--textiles; Refractive index; Silk; Solubility; Textile fibers; Textile fibers--bast and leaf; Wool and wool top
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